So we know that Uber is already testing out introducing self-driving cars to its fleet and if the rumors are true, GM and Lyft could be getting into the game as well. According to a report from Reuters, they have learnt that GM and Lyft have a partnership in which they are expected to deploy thousands of self-driving electric cars come 2018.
According to Reuters, this effort by GM and Lyft would make it the largest test that they’ve seen in terms of self-driving cars from any major automaker to date. For example Alphabet’s Waymo which has been testing out self-driving cars for the past few years only has about 60 self-driving prototypes that are deployed across four states.
The car that will be used for the testing is a specially equipped Chevrolet Bolt, and it seems that these vehicles might be used exclusively by Lyft as Reuters has learnt that GM has no plans to sell the cars to individual customers. Unsurprisingly neither GM nor Lyft have confirmed Reuters’ report.
In a statement provided by GM to Reuters, “We do not provide specific details on potential future products or technology rollout plans. We have said that our AV technology will appear in an on-demand ride sharing network application sooner than you might think.” In the meantime GM and Lyft are part of a group of car companies that are seeking standardized self-driving regulations in the US.