John Zimmer: Most of Lyft’s car rides will be handled autonomously by 2021
In a fairly lengthy Medium post released on Sunday, John Zimmer, co-founder and president of ride-hailing service Lyft, outlined how his company envisioned the future of transportation in the next ten years.
Zimmer also made a bold claim that most of the rides on Lyft's ride-sharing car network will be handled autonomously by 2021.
Zimmer asserted that "a fully autonomous fleet of cars will provide the majority of Lyft rides" across the US within the next five years; thereby indicating that the company is already operating early version of its autonomous cars in San Francisco and Phoenix.
About the apparent advantages of Lyft's fleet of autonomous cars, vis-a-vis the self-driving car services planned by rivals like Uber, Zimmer said that the deployment of an autonomous car fleet will work best through centrally managed fleet networks similar to the one operated by Lyft.
Meanwhile, along with projecting a rather ambitious five-year timeline towards Lyft's rollout of a fleet of fully self-driving cars, Zimmer has also made a much bolder prediction in the Medium post, saying that "By 2025, private car ownership will all but end in major US cities."