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GM, Lyft Working Toward Creating Autonomous Vehicle Ride-Sharing Network (computerworld.com) 38

Lucas123 writes: GM today announced a short-term vehicle rental program exclusive to the Lyft ride-sharing service, but it also made clear a longer-term goal to create a fleet of autonomous vehicles that could be summoned by Lyft's automated ride matching mobile app. The new Express Drive rental program will make cars available to Lyft drivers starting at $99, a price that includes insurance and vehicle maintenance. The new rental program comes just two months after GM struck a strategic partnership with Lyft to develop autonomous vehicles and invested $500 million as part of Lyft's $1 billion Series F funding round. More than 400 million people will rely on robotic car sharing by 2030, according to a new report by ABI Research. "We see the future of personal mobility as connected, seamless and autonomous," GM president Dan Ammann said. "With GM and Lyft working together, we believe we can successfully implement this vision more rapidly."
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GM, Lyft Working Toward Creating Autonomous Vehicle Ride-Sharing Network

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  • by knorthern knight ( 513660 ) on Tuesday March 15, 2016 @08:18PM (#51704795)

    With UBER, taxi companies are fighting back by lobbying cities against "unlicenced taxis". A self-driving car can...
    * drive from a parking lot to pick you up at location X... JUST LIKE A TAXI
    * drive you over to location Y and drop you off... JUST LIKE A TAXI

    But the corporation will argue that it's actually a car rental business, renting the car to you on an hourly+milage basis, sorta like Zip-Car http://www.zipcar.com/ [zipcar.com]

    • Uber has a standing order for 500,000 autonomous Teslas in 2020.

      http://www.greencarreports.com... [greencarreports.com]

    • Finally, someone sees the long game. Uber is just in data collection mode right now.

    • Fuck Taxi companies and Taxi drivers. Lazy, cheating scum that rode a monopoly in most areas for years. They can't compete so fuck them sideways with a bandsaw. I'm still dealing with a severe injury to my foot because a cab company made me wait 2 hours at 2 AM for a cab, and then I had to WALK home for 2.5 miles because at that point I could assume that they were never coming. I was in shoes that aren't meant for that kind of walk, and I apparently had a connective tissue issue with my foot. I'll never be

    • Re: (Score:2, Offtopic)

      It sounds like a "Subprime Car Leasing" program. When the drivers can't pay back the money they owe, GM will go bankrupt again . . . and guess who gets to pay for it . . .

    • When the autonomous car market really gets going, it will lower the cost of ridesharing to the extent that it will spread into the suburbs and the countryside. Outlying retirement communities would be a diamond mine for such a service. Once established in places where people have been used to owning cars, knocking off medallion cab monopolies in the last few "blue cities" will be a natural conclusion.

  • Autonomous Hertz.
  • Was this really a secret? *GASP* Do you think Uber is doing the same thing too??
  • The last thing you want is for a botcab to turn up with something nasty inside that was left by the last passenger.
  • This is essentially the cloud model for transport, which is pretty interesting. Why buy a server when you can burst as many or as few as you need by spinning up/down VM's in the cloud? Why buy a car when you can hire up/hire down as many as you need? I predict we'll see a massive decrease in the amount of automobiles owned for business purposes. Shippers will own a core fleet and burst up/down around the holiday season as needed.

    Platforms like Lyft and Uber will compete to be the market makers. Google a
  • All of this hype over self-driving car sharing... it's going to flop big time.
    Car sharing happens now - it's called a taxi. It only works in very large cities, and with a very small part of the population. This automated business merely hold the potential to bring cost down a bit. There's no other real up side.

    Put another way - if using a taxi & uber is so much cheaper than buying a car yourself, why do the vast majority of people still buy a car? (Hint: There's more to life than cost per mile.)

    • by gnupun ( 752725 )

      why do the vast majority of people still buy a car?

      Because it's cheaper. You don't have to pay for the driver, you don't have to pay the cab company the driver rented the car from and of course there's profit. Taxi companies/drivers make profit well above the costs and you have to pay for that as well. Even if the driver cost is eliminated, the profit the cab companies demand will still make the price higher than owning a car.

      If the above statements are false, people would stop buying cars and get rides from ride-sharing services thereby saving insurance co

      • You're missing my point- I really don't think owning a car is cheaper for most people. There are cheaper options everywhere.
        Nuts, many people could walk to work. It might take an hour or two, but it's an option.

        Likewise- when people buy a car, very rarely do they but the cheapest car they can afford.

        Cars are about freedom, convenience, practicality, and in many cases image. Cost is a very very minor factor.

        I want to leave my junk in the back seat, and not have it stolen by the next random person to use t

    • The vast majority of people in the US haven't purchased a vehicle in the past 3 years.

      When Uber/Lyft not only control the driving experience but also the vehicles, it's going to greatly broaden appeal. Select your vehicle like you would from Avis. SUV, economy, luxury, ... This weekend you take a cruise up the coast in a self-driving convertible, actually getting to spend some time looking at the sights on the way, during the week you pick the economy for trips to work and Friday night you take your spec

    • by b0bby ( 201198 )

      Right now, it's not really cheaper, since most people have a lot of cases where the taxi ride would be expensive, and commutes which aren't well served by other forms of public transport. And taxis aren't always that quick to arrive. So if the cost dropped significantly, especially for longer trips, and you could count on it showing up, I can see it displacing private ownership. Certainly a lot of families might decide to only have one car rather than two or three.

  • by dave420 ( 699308 ) on Wednesday March 16, 2016 @08:35AM (#51706833)

    If the driver was not already going to the destination, calling it "ride sharing" is like calling a restaurant "meal sharing".

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