GM's Maven car-sharing adds Chevy Bolt EV electric cars (in LA)

In May 2016, GM and Lyft had discussed the possibility to begin testing a self-driving taxi service on public roads across the USA "within a year".

GM and Lyft were first rumored to be testing self-driving vehicles together in May a year ago with a program that would see the vehicles deployed to "a yet-to-be disclosed city" following GM's $500 million investment in Lyft in January 2016.

"Maven City vehicle sharing in Los Angeles has seen an average of 56 percent member growth month-over-month since launching in October 2016, and Maven will leverage this existing platform as well as in-city infrastructure, fleet management capabilities and operational insights to help advance the City of Los Angeles' Sustainable City pLAn".

According to sources close to Reuters, GM is reportedly partnering with Lyft to test self-driving Chevrolet Bolt EVs next year.

Starting in 2018, General Motors allegedly planning to take off a huge number of self-driving cars in a partnership with Lyft Inc. However, General Motors has no quick plans to sell the Bolt AV to individual clients. Most states do not even have a regulatory framework in place for autonomous vehicles. If carried out, this would be the largest test of self-driving vehicles by any major auto manufacturer before 2020.

The report claims that there are many vehicles created for this test would go to Lyft's ride-sharing fleet all over the country, where the cars could be tested in true circumstances. But previously it has said its self-driving vehicle technology will appear in an "on-demand ridesharing network application sooner than you might think". Via an app, users of the service can locate, book and gain access to the cars in the fleet. GM said that it is partnering with ride-hailing service Lyft in this undertaking. Uber which is the biggest rival of any ride hailing service recently announced that Daimler would be the first automaker to join its self-driving vehicles platform (SDV). GM and Lyft did not confirm as to when they plan to roll out their own self-driving cars.

On the other hand the agreement between Lyft and GM seems to be a bit more exclusive and will likely remain through at least this testing period that has been defined.

  • Arturo Norris