The Uber and Lyft companies announced plans Thursday to roll out self-drive cars in the United States, with the goal of making it easier for people to get around the country by taking the ride-hailing services on their own.
The Uber-owned ride-sharing company said the program would allow people to ride in cars without a driver or a passenger to share their fare, which could save people money and improve safety.
The new program, Uber Ride, will launch with two vehicles and will offer an array of services, including transportation to places where people don’t normally go, including grocery stores and bars.
It will also provide access to Uber’s own autonomous vehicles, according to the company.
Lyft said the new program will be available in six states in the coming months.
The companies are also announcing plans to roll-out driverless cars in California, Illinois, Kentucky, Nevada, Oregon and Washington state.