GM, Lyft To Launch Self-Driving Taxis By 2017
Self-driving taxis may soon be a reality. Within a year Lyft Inc. and General Motors Co. are reported to be testing the futuristic transportation system and that could include electric vehicles too.
The two auto giant entered into a milestone partnership earlier this year in January with a $500 million investment by GM. Later in March they launched a program in Chicago under which the drivers of Lyft were allowed to lease GM cars and it started with the Chevrolet Equinox crossovers.
The program will be expanded to other cities and models too. Chevrolet Bolt is also learned to be released later this year.
Bolt is an electric vehicle with a 200-mile range.
Last month GM announced to be acquiring San Francisco startup Cruise Automation Inc. for $1 billion.
The company specializes in adding autonomous driving software to cars.
About the driverless electric taxi the company has not yet disclosed which city will witness trial run of the service.
Without disclosing any further details about the program a GM spokesperson said the company will make progress in its earlier announced plans partnered with Lyft.
Driverless car is the latest sensation of research for tech and auto giants. Google is already testing on public roads in California and Uber has a related research center in Pittsburg.
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