GM is partnering with Lyft to create an autonomous vehicle fleet. Lyft is yet another on-demand driving app being offered in the dawn of rental vehicle services, second in national popularity to Uber.
According to the startup, the app "matches you with local drivers at the tap of a button." You request a ride, get picked up, and pay the driver through the app after you're dropped off at your destination.
To support the new partnership, GM will invest $500 million into Lyft, with the development of an autonomous fleet at the center of its funding. GM will also support an immediate changeover in operation for Lyft drivers. Instead of using their own vehicles, Lyft drivers will now be able to rent vehicles.
But watch out; Google and Ford are partnering to develop self-driving vehicles, according to Yahoo Autos. And Uber plans to have an autonomous vehicle fleet by 2030. Are we finally seeing the manifestations of a new automotive industry for the 21st century?
Despite the influx of new automotive technology and talk of autonomous vehicles, GM has strongly stated it doesn't wish to take away the driving experience so many of its customers enjoy. While GM is putting a large focus on these new business pathways of rental and driverless vehicles, you can rest assured the Chevrolet vehicles you enjoy will still be available at our Chevrolet dealership.
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