As if we didn’t already know that self driving cars are the future, but now that future is getting closer and closer to reality, and the business deals are already being planned. GM and Lyft are planning a network of self driving cars. Thanks to this deal, GM is investing $500 million in Lyft and will thus gain a seat on it’s board of directors, and become a preferred provider of vehicles for Lyft drivers.
Apparently, GM has already been working on self driving cars for about 10 years, and with other companies bringing the technology to the forefront enough for a few states to have created legislation to regulate the self driving vehicles, a self driving Lyft could be just a few years away. GM has already implemented a new technology called Super Cruise in a vehicle which will be released in 2017. The new technology will allow a car to handle itself on the highway, with a watchful driver at the wheel.
However, one has to wonder – what’s in it for Lyft? They won’t be saving money until cars are completely driverless. Perhaps they are simply trying to be on the cutting edge of transportation innovation. At any rate this deal between Lyft and GM is a significant indicator that the companies which are the forces behind transportation today are very serious about self driving cars and that we should expect to see them emerge soon.
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