Lyft and Uber have raced to be first with an IPO, and Lyft’s rival is expected to offer shares in the coming weeks.
Moves are an attempt to repair Uber’s reputation after a wave of major scandals and bad press.
Company says open strategy will bring environmental and safety benefits of autonomous vehicles to market faster.
The ride sharing app’s drivers will be able to lease Toyota vehicles with money earned from their driving.
App-based service started in Ann Arbor, Michigan.
Cuts will come from manufacturing, purchasing and administrative divisions over the next three years.