General Motors and Lyft have teamed up to work on self-driving cars and for this purpose, the former has invested $500 million in the ride-sharing service. According to a new report, we’ll see the fruits of their partnership within one year. GM and Lyft are planning to start testing self-driving cabs in one year. The plan is to put self-driving Chevrolet Bolt cars on the road where they will pick up Lyft passengers.
It hasn’t been revealed as yet in which city these cars will be tested, only that these self-driving cabs will be picking up Lyft passengers within a year.
The plan follows GM’s recent acquisition of autonomous car startup Cruise Automation. Lyft product director Taggart Matthiesen told the Wall Street Journal that they first want to vet the autonomous technology between GM, Cruise and themselves before slowly introducing it to the market.
Not a lot of details have been confirmed about this plan just yet as it appears GM and Lyft are still hammering out the finer details. It’s clear though that both companies want to move forward on this quickly as they’re facing tough competition.
Lyft competes with Uber which is working on its own self-driving cars and GM with other future-focused car companies like Ford which has a very robust autonomous car program that it’s working hard on.