Lyft and General Motors (GM) have teamed together to begin testing autonomous driving Chevrolet Bolt Taxi cabs within a year.
Lyft is based in San Fransisco and launched in 2012. Like Uber Lyft allows you to hail a cab, by connecting passengers with drivers who have a car. The prices are similar, and the two companies compete against each other.
According to the Wall Street Journal (WSJ), GM invested five million dollars in Lyft and will use the technology GM acquired from its one billion dollar purchase of Cruise Automation Inc.
Cruise Automation Inc. had been in operation for three years when acquired by GM. The company developed autonomous aftermarket kits that allow consumers of Audi A4 and S4 models to drive on highways.
According to Taggart Matthiesen, a Lyft executive, details of the autonomous taxis is still be developed, but that, "Customers will have the opportunity to opt in or out of the pilot when hailing a Lyft car from the company’s mobile app."
The days of driving yourself are slowly coming to an end. So enjoy it while you can.