Lyft Will Have Self Driving Taxis On The Road Within A Year!

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The move towards self-driving cars seems inevitable at this point of time and it is interesting to see which companies manage to position themselves at the head of the pack. Last week, Fiat announced a limited tie up with Google for its minivans, however, made it clear that a larger partnership between the two companies was still some distance away because of lack of clarity between ownership of data.

Car makers have been wary of partnering with technology companies because they do not want to end up like handset manufacturers where they end up fighting for smaller and smaller margins even as the real money remains with the software companies.

The other interesting partnership has been between Lyft and General Motors. GM took a little time to invest in self-driving technology and has tried to make up for lost time through aggressive acquisitions. Cruise automation, an aftermarket automation company was bought for a billion dollars in March and will be powering the first set of test self-driving fleet for Lyft.

Lyft also received close to a half a billion dollars from GM to develop a self-driving taxi fleet using its cars. The Chevrolet Bolt, a near affordable $30,000 all-electric car with a range of close to 200 miles will be the car that Lyft will trial within the next year.

That’s right, within a year, you could soon be hailing driverless cabs to go to your destination when you use Lyft’s services. Of course, the test program would be limited to a particular as yet undisclosed geographical location and would have a driver behind the wheel as required by legal regulations.

Uber has also been publicly open about developing its own fleet of self-driving cars although it is unclear who they are going to partner with for the actual manufacturing of the cars part.

Currently, it looks like Lyft and GM seem to be the most aggressive about making self-driving cars an everyday reality even as other companies with similar technology try and figure out what they really want to do with it.

Volvo is another company that has set some very aggressive goals for itself and has helped answer some of the questions around self-driving cars. One of the things that keep popping up is who is to blame in the case of a self-driving car accident? This may seem obvious at first but has huge ramifications for legal proceedings, insurance purposes, and possible liability claims.

Volvo has been one of the only major manufacturers to come out and say publicly that they would be willing to take responsibility for their cars and the software that they load on to them.

Self-Driving Cars Are Zooming Towards Us

We are on the cusp of a revolution that will change the very way we think about cars and car ownership. It may change the very nature of our everyday transits altogether. The technology has now existed for a couple of years and is being tested all over the world for real world deployment.

It is probably only the legal framework that needs to be put in place to facilitate this transition. The future of cars is truly upon us.     

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