JLR invests £19m in ride-sharing platform Lyft

JLR invests £19m in ride-sharing platform Lyft

Jaguar Land Rover’s mobility services business, InMotion, has invested £19m in Lyft, the US rideshare company.

Lyft is the fastest-growing rideshare company in the US and this investment will support its expansion and technology plans.

It will also provide Jaguar Land Rover’s InMotion Ventures with the opportunity to develop and test its mobility services, including autonomous vehicles, and to supply Lyft drivers with a fleet of Jaguar and Land Rover vehicles.

InMotion managing director Sebastian Peck said: “We are excited to collaborate with a leading platform like Lyft not only on developing premium mobility solutions but also devising innovative solutions to the transport problems Jaguar Land Rover’s customers face.

“Personal mobility and smart transportation is evolving and this new collaborative venture will provide a real-world platform helping us develop our connected and autonomous services.”

“We’re excited to join forces with Jaguar Land Rover and InMotion,” added John Zimmer, Lyft president and co-founder. “Lyft envisions a future where shared mobility will transform cities and improve people’s lives.  This partnership will help us achieve that ambitious goal.”  

Hanno Kirner, executive director of corporate strategy at Jaguar Land Rover, said: “This is a strategic investment for both parties as we focus on innovating new mobility solutions for our customers. Collaborating with an expanding technology business like Lyft is going to help us both accelerate our ambitions.”

InMotion’s latest investment follows its recent seed investment in SPLT, the Detroit-based digital carpool business, which works with Lyft to provide non-emergency medical transport.

The Lyft investment was included as part of the company's most recent round of fundraising, which closed in April.