General Motors And Lyft To Test Self-Driving Chevrolet Bolt EV Taxi In 2017
General Motors and Lyft, after announcing a long-term strategic alliance to create an integrated network of on-demand autonomous vehicles, are gearing-up to release self-driving Chevrolet Bolt EVs.
According to the Wall Street Journal, autonomous Bolt EV taxis should appear within a year.
However at this stage there are no details about which city the project will debut in, or how many cars will make up the test fleet.
The company says that its customers will have the ability to opt in or out of the pilot when using Lyft’s mobile app.
Setting aside the test program, GM says it aims to use Lyft as primary user for the Bolt EV, displacing many vehicles such as the Chevy Equinox.
While GM recently invested $500 million into Lyft rideshare company, autonomous driving technology comes via San Francisco-based Cruise Automation, which was acquired by GM for $1 billion.
Separately yesterday, Google (Alphabet) announced it was expanding its self-driving car project utilizing the upcoming 2017 Chrysler Pacifica PHEV minivan.
source: The Wall Street Journal