Those autonomous vehicles will be developed by GM and put into action through Lyft's network. That means that passengers will (eventually) be able to hail a self-driving vehicle on-demand. No time frame was given for the development to be implemented, but this is clearly a longer-term project despite the pace at which autonomous vehicles have been developing.
More immediate is the fleet of vehicles that GM will make available to Lyft drivers through rental locations across the country. GM will also offer its OnStar services to Lyft drivers and passengers. And the two will collaborate on other joint services through their own customer bases as well.
"We see the future of personal mobility as connected, seamless and autonomous," GM President Dan Ammann said in the statement below. "With GM and Lyft working together, we believe we can successfully implement this vision more rapidly." Together with the investment, GM will also get a seat on Lyft's board of directors.
SAN FRANCISCO – General Motors and Lyft today announced a long-term strategic alliance to create an integrated network of on-demand autonomous vehicles in the U.S.
GM will invest $500 million in Lyft to help the company continue the rapid growth of its successful ridesharing service. In addition, GM will hold a seat on the company's board of directors.
"We see the future of personal mobility as connected, seamless and autonomous," said GM President Dan Ammann. "With GM and Lyft working together, we believe we can successfully implement this vision more rapidly."
John Zimmer, president and co-founder of Lyft, said: "Working with GM, Lyft will continue to unlock new transportation experiences that bring positive change to our daily lives. Together we will build a better future by redefining traditional car ownership."
Key elements of the GM and Lyft alliance include:
- Autonomous On-Demand Network: The joint development of a network of on-demand autonomous vehicles will leverage GM's deep knowledge of autonomous technology and Lyft's capabilities in providing a broad choice of ride-sharing services.
- Rental Hub: Beginning immediately, GM will become a preferred provider of short-term use vehicles to Lyft drivers through rental hubs in various cities in the U.S.
- Connectivity: Lyft drivers and customers will have access to GM's wide portfolio of cars and OnStar services, leveraging two decades of experience in connectivity. This will create a richer ride-sharing experience for both driver and passenger.
- Joint Mobility Offerings: GM and Lyft will also provide each other's customers with personalized mobility services and experiences through their respective channels.