U.S. cars get auto steering
GM and Fiat Chrysler join Ford and Google for a safer future
GENERAL Motors (GM) announced it will partner with Lyft to test a fleet of self-driving-Chevrolet Bolt electric taxis on public roads.
The Chevrolet Bolt, which will have a 200-mile (321 km) range, is expected to go on sale later this year for $30 000 (R455 000) after federal and state rebates. Lyft is a competitor for Uber and in January GM invested $500 million in the company to establish a network of on-demand autonomous vehicles in the U.S. The self-driving Bolts are expected to join Lyft later this year in a yet-tobe disclosed city.
Customers will have the opportunity to opt in or out of the pilot when hailing a Lyft car from the company’s mobile app.
GM’s Lyft news comes after Google announced its engineers will work with those of Fiat Chrysler Automobiles to more than double Google’s existing self-driving test fleet with Chrysler Pacifica Hybrid minivans. It will be Google’s first collaboration with an automaker to integrate its self-driving system, including its sensors and software, into a passenger car, but the van is made for family life on the road, being sold with a built-in vacuum cleaner.
Earlier this year, Google, Ford and Uber also formed a coalition to push for federal support for self-driving cars. All the companies involved say self-driving cars can prevent some of the 33 000 annual deaths on U.S. roads, 94% of which are caused by human error. — WR.