General Motors is to implement several new technologies using the development capabilities of a soon co-owned company named Lyft. They have unveiled the strategic plans to invest more than 0.5 billion US dollars to the company’s ongoing strategic working outs that embrace:
• the software that is to be installed in the car’s personal computers.
• the new battery, more capacious, safe, and effective.
• the new electric system for use in the driverless cars.
• a possibility of better and more seamless driving experience for clients of the self-driven cars that is expressed in a probability to choose amongst many vehicle models.
Aside from technical issues, the project largely includes the entire new infrastructure:
• the network of on-demand self-propelling autonomous cars ready for rent in the cities across the US.
• the creation of the rental hub in the several cities with the ongoing expanding.
• the better personalization of vehicles and the associated offers.
It all becomes possible due to a combination of the technologies of both companies and the intertwining of their existing and future experience.
The structures of the Lyft and GM companies have already changed due to giving one chair on the board of directors to the representative from General Motors in the Lyft. The team in GM will include Doug Parks, the global product programs’ VP in GM; Mark Reuss, the current Parks’ boss that will manage the team of developers and will run the whole process; and Sheri Hickok, the main engineer in the project, who was previously responsible for Chevrolets’ pickups and GMCs. Hickok’s team will include also Pam Fletcher, the head engineer hat runs the section of electric vehicles.
The planned investments will be distributed through five years and the result must be the connection of technologies, cars, and people. He latter ones will order autonomous cars for the short time. Cars will be ready to pick people up in the specified locations and return to the rent hub after the rental assignment is completed.
Representatives of both companies say that such experience will allow people refrain from using and even having own cars if they will have the day-to-day opportunity to use the cheap and secure self-driven cars that will be available in the vast number of locations across the country. As of now, there are no plans were sounded about broadening this development on the other territories outside the US. In addition, successful tests must be held to receive the official approval by the authorities to broad the driverless vehicles on and over the US territory. However, this issue is not in the upcoming schedule yet, as the developments have only begun recently.
Lyft is the ride-sharing company that has all possibilities for the fast growth with such a support from a giant company like GM. GM tends to reach the goal in becoming the only global provider of self-driven technology for Lyft and to unlock new transportation possibilities.