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Exclusive: GM CEO Mary Barra on the race to be first with self-driving cars

GM CEO Mary Barra, facing an aggressive timeline to launch a self-driving taxi fleet, tells "Axios on HBO" they won't deploy the technology until it is safer than a human driver.

Why it matters: In a largely self-regulated industry, it is up to carmakers to demonstrate when self-driving cars are ready for deployment. The race to be first means the buzz and hype have often gotten ahead of the reality.

Waymo inks autonomous driving partnership with Lyft

Photo of Lyft sticker in window of a car.
Close-up of Lyft logo in a car window. Photo: Smith Collection/Gado/Getty Images

During its first quarter earnings, Lyft announced a partnership through which Waymo — Alphabet's autonomous driving unit — will deploy 10 vehicles on the ride-hailing company's service in Phoenix, where Waymo is already testing its cars.

Why it matters: Alphabet is an investor in both Lyft and Uber, and the latter is set to finally go public at the end of the week.