General Motors and Lyft have entered into a partnership to offer an autonomous taxi service using the Chevrolet Bolt EV.
Unnamed sources revealed to that a limited pilot project will launch in one or more U.S. city in 2018, likely a few months after the Bolt first goes on sale.
GM previously invested $500 million in Lyft with the intention of launching a fleet of on-demand self-driving vehicles. Why the Bolt of all vehicles and not the more practical Volt, you ask? Well, the American automaker bills the small EV as its most innovative vehicle, making it the most logical choice.
The General has been on the move lately in the ride-sharing and autonomous-driving domain, having previously acquired Cruise Automation, a California startup that specializes in autonomous-driving technologies, and launching its own ride-sharing companied called Maven, which currently operates in several US cities.
The partnership’s autonomous program will allow riders to opt in for a self-driving Bolt using a smartphone or opt out, redirecting the request to a human driver. Lyft eventually wants to replace its drivers with self-driving vehicles (don’t expect that to happen anytime soon), while GM’s main goal is to explore new forms of mobility while testing its autonomous technologies before offering such features on production cars.
Will our future really not have taxi drivers? What do you think?