General Motors Teams With Lyft To Create Network Of On-Demand Autonomous Vehicles

1 year ago by Mark Kane 6

General Motors President Dan Ammann (center) with Lyft Inc. co-founders John Zimmer (right) and Logan Green (left)

General Motors President Dan Ammann (center) with Lyft Inc. co-founders John Zimmer (right) and Logan Green (left)

General Motors and Lyft Inc. today announced a long-term strategic alliance to create an integrated network of on-demand autonomous vehicles in the U.S.

General Motors and Lyft Inc. today announced a long-term strategic alliance to create an integrated network of on-demand autonomous vehicles in the U.S.

General Motors announced a long-term strategic alliance with Lyft rideshare company.

Their goal is to create an integrated network of on-demand autonomous vehicles in the U.S.

GM will also invest $500 million into Lyft to secure fundings for future rapid growth.

There is no direct reference to electric or plug-in hybrids, but the signers of the agreement were featured with 2016 Chevrolet Volts.

Our guess is that it’s is only a matter of time until autonomous Volts will be used in Lyft rideshare scheme, especially since GM is hard at work with its autonomous driving technologies.

Key elements of the GM and Lyft alliance include:

  • Autonomous On-Demand Network: The joint development of a network of on-demand autonomous vehicles will leverage GM’s deep knowledge of autonomous technology and Lyft’s capabilities in providing a broad choice of ride-sharing services.
  • Rental Hub: Beginning immediately, GM will become a preferred provider of short-term use vehicles to Lyft drivers through rental hubs in various cities in the U.S.
  • Connectivity: Lyft drivers and customers will have access to GM’s wide portfolio of cars and OnStar services, leveraging two decades of experience in connectivity. This will create a richer ride-sharing experience for both driver and passenger.
  • Joint Mobility Offerings: GM and Lyft will also provide each other’s customers with personalized mobility services and experiences through their respective channels.

GM President Dan Ammann said:

“We see the future of personal mobility as connected, seamless and autonomous. With GM and Lyft working together, we believe we can successfully implement this vision more rapidly.”

John Zimmer, president and co-founder of Lyft, said:

“Working with GM, Lyft will continue to unlock new transportation experiences that bring positive change to our daily lives. Together we will build a better future by redefining traditional car ownership.”

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6 responses to "General Motors Teams With Lyft To Create Network Of On-Demand Autonomous Vehicles"

  1. Ocean Railroader says:

    I’m currently working on a story line about a group of car companies that build a fleet of several thousand said driving cars. How they test them is they build a giant city out in the Middle of Nowhere it would have parking lots sections of freeways and stoplights but there would be no humans living in the city.

    What happens though is the self driving cars start becoming self a where and behave like Buffalo. And they reconlize who will mess them up and who won’t so they start revolting on the people that will harm them. So the car company pulls the plug on the project and shuts down the city leaving a city with 5000 self driving cars. But the self driving cars some how learn to keep them and their strange world driving forward. Leaving a cause where you see a city with tons of cars on the roads but no humans in it.

    1. Kosh says:

      So… original.

    2. martinwinlow says:

      I hope your English has improved by the time the book comes out. MW

  2. RexxSee says:

    With autonomous cars, the fleets decide what type of drivetrain they want, and they always want the most efficient.
    All autonomous cars will be all electrics, soon, and then all cars.

  3. Ambulator says:

    I suspect the car they are looking at for Lyft is the Bolt, not the Volt. The Volt needs gas for long distance and has too small of a backseat.

  4. SJC says:

    I suspect the Bolt was on the drawing board well before Lyft was even and idea.