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GM Aims to Take Lead in Driverless Tech, Planning to Launch Ride-Share Service by 2019

Analysts anticipate millions of Americans could abandon private cars as ride-share costs plunge.

by on Nov.30, 2017

GM CEO Mary Barra said the company is pushing toward zero crashes and zero congestion with its driverless vehicles.

General Motors wants to pull drivers out of some of its cars in a bit to leapfrog competitors like Ford and Google spin-off Waymo. The U.S. automotive giant told Wall Street analysts meeting in Detroit Thursday that it wants to launch a self-driving ride-sharing fleet by 2019.

Though autonomous technology is coming online fast, that’s well ahead of the timetable that many analysts had expected until recently. And it could lead to massive changes not only in how people drive but who drives. Ride-sharing leaders like Lyft and Uber have predicted that with driverless vehicles the cost of their services will drop to the point they will be far cheaper, per mile, than what it costs to own and operate a personal vehicle. And then there are the potential safety and congestion benefits.

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“We’re aiming for a future of zero crashes, zero emissions and zero congestion,” GM CEO Mary Barra said. (more…)

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