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JLR unit invests $25 million in Lyft to help develop self-driving cars
June 12, 2017 / 7:06 AM / 3 months ago

JLR unit invests $25 million in Lyft to help develop self-driving cars

FILE PHOTO: A Lyft driver from Sacramento, responds to a ride request on her smartphone during a photo opportunity in San Francisco, California February 3, 2016. REUTERS/Stephen Lam/File Photo

(Reuters) - Britain’s biggest carmaker Jaguar Land Rover said its mobility services business, InMotion Ventures, would invest $25 million in U.S. ride services company Lyft Inc to help develop and test technology for self-driving cars.

The auto industry and technology companies are racing to develop self-driving technology, which in the years to come is expected to transform transportation by cutting costs of ride services and changing the way people buy and use cars.

InMotion will also supply Lyft with a fleet of Jaguar and Land Rover vehicles, the automaker said on Monday.

InMotion’s investment follows its recent seed investment in SPLT, the Detroit-based digital carpool business, which works with Lyft to provide non-emergency medical transport.

Reporting by Sanjeeban Sarkar in Bengaluru; Editing by Arun Koyyur

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