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Lyft Wants People to Be Hailing Fully Driverless Cars on Its App by 2023

  • Announcement comes the week after Uber sold autonomous unit
  • Tech's self-driving car dreams have been dashed before
A designated waiting area for Lyft ride-sharing at San Diego International Airport in San Diego, California.

A designated waiting area for Lyft ride-sharing at San Diego International Airport in San Diego, California.

Photographer: Bing Guan/Bloomberg

Lyft Inc. expects customers will be able to use its app to hail cars without drivers starting in 2023, the company said Wednesday. The self-driving rides will be powered by Motional Inc., an autonomous driving joint venture between Hyundai Motor Group and Aptiv Plc.

The announcement comes the week after Lyft’s larger rival, Uber Technologies Inc., sold its self-driving car unit to startup Aurora Innovation Inc., cutting loose the ambitious, but money-losing division as it focuses on turning a quarterly adjusted profit by the end of next year.