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Published on May 5, 2016
General Motors and Lyft will test a fleet of autonomous cars that may include the Chevrolet Bolt EV within a year in a step toward eliminating the major cost of operating ride-sharing fleets, the human driver.

The plan is still a work in progress, according to a Lyft executive, as first reported by the Wall Street Journal. The two companies have not chosen the city, nor have they settled on which GM vehicles would be used in the pilot program.

But GM officials have talked about how the Bolt was designed, particularly its electronic architecture, so that it could be a test bed for full, or Level 4, autonomy.

The location of the testing is still being discussed, according to a Lyft source. But it could incorporate some of the technology GM is trying to purchase in its acquisition of Cruise Automation, a three-year-old San Francisco startup for which GM has offered about $1 billion.

In January, GM announced it was investing $500 million in Lyft, the second largest ride-sharing service in the U.S. after Uber.

In March, the two companies launched a program in Chicago that will allow current Lyft drivers to rent GM cars. The pilot program, called Express Drive, will offer GM vehicles to Lyft drivers for $99 a week for up to eight weeks. The $99 will be waived to Lyft drivers in Chicago who log 65 or more rides per week.

Lyft and Maven, GM's new car-sharing venture, will share the cost of insurance and maintenance. Initially, the vehicles will be Chevrolet Equinox crossovers equipped with OnStar, GM's connectivity system.

Uber also has invested heavily in the robotics and artificial intelligence needed to take full control of a vehicle out of a driver's hands. In March, the German publication Manager Magazin reported that Uber has placed an order for at least 100,000 Mercedes S-Class cars, citing sources at both companies. Neither company has confirmed that report.

Google has been testing its self-driving cars on public roads in and around its Mountain View, Calif., headquarters for several years.

GM has not publicly acknowledged whether it has tested fully autonomous cars on public roads.

One of the biggest challenges for the GM-Lyft plan will be finding a city and state where regulations will permit operating vehicles without a driver, although Lyft officials said the initial tests will be done with human drivers who will take control if they are needed.

Taggart Matthiesen, Lyft self-driving technology director, said both Lyft and GM will want to validate the Cruise Automation system before taking it on public roads.

GM has said it wants to close the Cruise Automation acquisition by the end of June, but that could be delayed by competing lawsuits between Cruise's CEO and co-founder Kyle Vogt and a former associate, Jeremy Guillory, who claims he is entitled to a significant percentage of the acquisition price.
 

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GM and Lyft: The first autonomous and electric taxis will hit the streets in 2017.

Whenever we talk about cars autonomous driving we imagine a technology that will come in the future as there are still outstanding issues such as the regulation of its use in cities, safety of passengers, pedestrians and other vehicles as well as the safety of themselves car systems against possible hacking. But it seems that the future is closer than we thought, since according to the information collected by The Wall Street Journal, GM and Lyft begin testing autonomous cars on the streets next year. Lyft has struggled against the overwhelming presence of Uber, but things have become more interesting in recent months, this after GM invested $ 500 million in lyft last January, which the manufacturer seeks to start developing self service private transportation, and today we have the first news of this alliance.

As part of this implementation is expected to take place sometime in 2017, GM addition to relying on Lyft, the project is complemented by Cruise Automation, a small startup just three years old, who was acquired by GM last March for more than $1B in a combination of cash and stock. , this with the idea of ​​becoming their own autonomous driving system.( http://fortune.com/2016/03/11/gm-buying-self-driving-tech-startup-for-more-than-1-billion/ ) This is how the plan is already armed, GM will provide the next generation of its electric car Chevy Bolt, Cruise Automatio technology to make them autonomous and Lyft platform to bring them out into the streets as taxis through their mobile app.

With this we are facing an aggressive plan still several details are unknown, but to reality would put GM at the top of the manufacture and implementation of autonomous cars in real situations, since it is said that work with real passengers, clear , the passenger will have the decision to get into a taxi without driver, plus it will be an active part of city traffic. Meanwhile, it is interesting to see how Lyft is betting on partnerships, while Uber seems to be focused on their own developments, and on the other hand we have Google who still experienced and is in the crosshairs of regulators, but it is a reality it is that autonomous cars are already close, perhaps more than expected.
 

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2017 is still early for a fully autonomous taxi. I see the date much later, since there are other hurdles to overcome, such as state traffic laws covering such vehicles. Ford is doing a parallel approach with Uber (see past postings) and began testing in Pittsburg. GM may not be the first.
 
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