GM and Lyft to Start Testing Self-driving Taxis on Public Roads ‘Within a Year’

A Lyft customer gets into a car. (PHOTO CREDIT: Justin Sullivan/Getty Images)
A Lyft customer gets into a car. (PHOTO CREDIT: Justin Sullivan/Getty Images)

GM and Lyft will start testing self-driving electric taxis on public roads “within a year,” according to the Wall Street Journal.

This comes after GM recently invested $500 million Lyft, and acquired self-driving car technology company Cruise Automation, in a reported $1 billion deal.

The program will feature electric Chevy Bolts and “real customers,” who will have the chance to opt in or out, but many details haven’t been hashed out, a Lyft executive told the Journal.

“We will want to vet the autonomous tech between Cruise, GM and ourselves and slowly introduce this into markets,” Taggart Matthiesen, Lyft’s product director, told The Journal. The company wants to “ensure that cities would have full understanding of what we are trying to do here.”

GM stressed that the test program is happening according to plan but declined to provide specifics on timing.

“GM continues to make progress on our previously announced plans related to an integrated on-demand autonomous network with Lyft,” the automaker said in a statement emailed to Business Insider.

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SOURCE: Business Insider, Nathan McAlone