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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…)

GM Reportedly Wants to Buy Lyft

Ride service tells automaker to take a hike.

by on Aug.15, 2016

GM CEO Dan Ammann (c), recently took a seat on the Lyft board of directors.

Ride-sharing service Lyft has rejected a takeover bid from General Motors, according to Silicon Valley news site The Information.

The move would have turned the country’s biggest automaker into an even bigger player in the fast-growing field of alternative mobility. GM already holds a 9% stake in Lyft and also owns San Francisco based competitor Sidecar. It has also dipped its toes into the world of car-sharing, as well.

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Neither GM nor Lyft will comment on the report by The Information and a second Silicon Valley news service. But sources reportedly include a “person briefed on the situation,” and comes a year after Lyft went looking for a possible buyer.

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Automakers Expanding Car-Sharing Programs – with Emphasis on Green Cars

Jaguar goes InMotion; Hyundai shares hydrogen cars in Germany.

by on Apr.11, 2016

The fuel-cell version of the Hyundai Tucson will be offered through the new BeeZero car-sharing program in Munich.

Wondering what it’s like to drive a fuel-cell vehicle? For now, only a handful of qualified buyers living in a handful of communities in Southern California, Japan and Europe can find out, due to the limited availability of hydrogen and the low number of vehicles capable of using that super-clean fuel.

But if a new venture starting up in Munich, Germany is any indication, lots more motorists will get the chance to test drive hydrogen cars in the near future. And similar car-sharing programs opening up everywhere from Beijing to Indianapolis are offering motorists the opportunity to try out battery-cars like the Smart Electric Drive.

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While only a small percentage of motorists have yet signed up to participate in car-sharing programs like ZipCar, Car2Go, BlueIndy or BeeZero – the latter offering Hyundai Tucson Fuel Cell vehicles in Munich, industry analysts anticipate rapid growth in the coming years. And a growing number of automakers are looking to participate in a potentially industry-transformative shift.

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Nissan and Renault Set to Launch 10 Autonomous Vehicles by 2020

“The future is not clear,” says CEO Ghosn.

by on Mar.24, 2016

“This is not a time to be conservative or cautious,” said Renault-Nissan CEO Carlos Ghosn in NY.

Already the world’s number one producer of battery-electric vehicles, Japan’s Nissan and its French alliance partner Renault intend to become the leader in autonomous driving, as well – CEO Carlos Ghosn telling a New York International Auto Show audience the partners intend to offer 10 vehicles with “significant autonomous drive functionality” by 2020.

According to Ghosn, the Renault-Nissan Alliance will begin to roll out increasingly advanced version of its technology over the next four years, starting with cars capable of operating hands-free in a single lane on limited-access highways. The next step will allow vehicles to pass and change lanes, with the alliance’s first, fully autonomous car set to go into production by 2020.

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“This is not a time to be conservative or cautious” about changing technology, said Ghosn, who added that traditional automakers face a series of potential challenges, some posed by an assortment of outside tech companies like Google and Apple.

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Uber Reportedly Buying 100,000 Mercedes S-Class Sedans

Move could help ride-sharing service challenge black limo services.

by on Mar.18, 2016

It's not clear how Uber would distribute the S-Class sedans to its network of contract drivers.

Ride-sharing service Uber has reportedly placed an order for at least 100,000 Mercedes-Benz S-Class sedans.

Neither Uber nor Mercedes’ parent Daimler AG responded to a request for comment, and it’s not quite clear how soon the vehicles will be delivered, but according to Germany’s Manager Magazin, it is a “long-term” order.

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Also unclear is how the luxury sedans would be used by the world’s largest ride-sharing service. Until now, Uber drivers have been required to provide their own vehicles.

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GM and Lyft Launch Short-Term Rental Program for Drivers

Express Drive seen as way to get new GM models on the road.

by on Mar.15, 2016

GM's new program with Lyft will allow drivers to rent a Chevy Equinox for $99 a week, but the plan is to roll the new Volt into that line-up.

General Motors will partner with Lyft, the nation’s second-largest ride-sharing service, to let drivers rent one of its vehicles at a relatively low price.

The program will begin in Chicago later this month and initially will focus on Chevrolet Equinox SUVs. But GM is also expected to use Lyft as a way to get the new Chevy Bolt battery-electric vehicle onto the street when it goes into production later this year.

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The new program comes just months after the Detroit automaker announced it would invest $500 million into Lyft, and GM President Dan Ammann said, “We’re very pleased with how quickly the GM and Lyft team collaborated to create the Express Drive program, which we will be implementing using our Maven mobility infrastructure.” (more…)

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