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US ride-hailing firm Lyft has secured a permit to test autonomous vehicles in California, taking it one step further in the race with several other companies to bring self-driving cars to the masses. Lyft’s permit, reflected on the California Department of Motor Vehicles (DMV) website, comes two months after it announced plans to offer a self-driving car as a ride option in the San Francisco Bay Area. Lyft already has partnerships in place with autonomous car companies to advance its self-driving strategy. The firm struck a research collaboration earlier this year with Alphabet unit Waymo. It has also secured deals with Ford Motor and start-up Nutonomy to incorporate self-driving cars in its fleet.