Lyft, the San Francisco-based transportation company, has started developing its own autonomous car technology, taking its war with Uber on to new turf and potentially supercharging Silicon Valley’s already overheated self-driving technology sector.

The company is launching a new autonomous division that will double the number of Lyft’s employees by the end of next year, according to executives, and will invest heavily in developing all aspects of self-driving technology — except for making the car itself.

As the technology improves, Lyft will eventually start using autonomous cars as well as human drivers in a “hybrid” network, executives said.

When a passenger requests a trip, he or she will be matched with a suitable vehicle, which could be either human or robot-driven depending on factors such as the route and weather conditions.

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Mike Rawson has recently re-awoken a long-standing interest in robots and our automated future. He lives in London with a single android - a temperamental vacuum cleaner - but is looking forward to getting more cyborgs soon.

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