Google's Awkward Relationship With Uber Could Get Even More Complicated

Alphabet Considers Lyft Investment of About $1 Billion

The potential investment could come either from Google or from CapitalG, Alphabet's investment division, Bloomberg reported. That could strengthen the ties between two of Uber's main autonomous-car rivals.

This whole scenario also shows just how much the relationship between Google and Uber has worsened during the last couple of months.

Alphabet is no stranger to the ride-hailing market following early investments with Lyft's biggest rival, Uber. Waymo, Alphabet's self-driving division, is suing Uber over an alleged technology theft.

"Whether we made a decision to partner with Uber or Lyft, I don't know what will be the end result". It is now the second largest ride-hailing service in the U.S.by ride volume after Uber.

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Throughout the year, Lyft has claimed its position as the dominating ride hailing service, as its competitor Uber fell off the radar. Then in May, Waymo teamed up with Lyft to work on developing self-driving technology. In July, Lyft announced it was forming an autonomous vehicle division that would be based in Palo Alto, California. Alphabet and Lyft both declined to comment on the subject.

An investment from Alphabet could provide a boost to Lyft as its battles Uber for market share in the USA and would also enable Lyft to ensure its independence for the near future.

Although these conflicts with Alphabet have not been earning a good name for Uber, it still has big brand recognition in and outside San Francisco and Los Angeles.

However, Lyft could come as a welcomed addition to Canadian streets, as it's not only known for being a safer ride-share option but also for the treatment of its drivers. Lyft was in informal talks with Alphabet along with other possible suitors in 2016 but a sale was not pursued.

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