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Lyft and will be offering free rides in self-driving cars to riders in the Bay Area who opt in. Soon, supposedly.

Lyft continues to build an impressive list of partnerships: GM, Jaguar Land Rover, nuTonomy.

The partnership sounds especially promising, since its written with the tone that this effort is going to start soon, maybe before the end of the year.

There are self-driving cars being tested on public streets in cities around the world: Pittsburgh, Phoenix, San Francisco, Singapore, Austin. Some of those cities even have self-driving cars testing with a limited set of pre-screened passengers.

But right now, as far as I know, there is only one city where any civilian off the street can show up and hail a self-driving vehicle. That would be Pittsburgh, where Uber has opened their fleet to public use (with safety drivers). testing in the Bay Area would bring that number to two.

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