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Lyft extends service throughout 32 states

Sep 1, 2017

Lyft is driving into the countryside in an effort to raise ridership and steal market share from rival Uber. The much smaller Lyft announced Thursday that it is offering service to passengers in every corner of 32 U.S. states, including hard-to-reach rural areas. The move boosts the number of states with full coverage to 40. Uber, which controls about 70 percent of the U.S. ride-hailing market, says it has near-statewide coverage in 13 states. A spokeswoman was skeptical that any company could provide timely service in all areas within a state's boundaries. 

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A co-founder of the Lyft ride-hailing service predicts that self-driving cars will handle a majority of his company's rides within five years.

Lyft President John Zimmer also says personal car ownership will come to an end as the cost of autonomous rides falls.

He made the predictions Sunday in an essay on the future of transportation in urban areas.

Companies are moving quickly toward autonomous cars. Lyft is testing self-driving vehicles in San Francisco and Phoenix in partnership with General Motors.