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Lyft and GM almost ready to test self-driving taxis

by Jacob Kleinman | May 6, 2016May 6, 2016 11:30 am PST

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Lyft and General Motors have partnered on a few previous projects, and now the two companies are joining forces yet again, this time to bring self-driving taxis to the streets within a year, The Wall Street Journal reports.

The new cars will be powered by technology that GM is set to acquire from a smaller firm named Cruise Automation. Specific details, including which city the service will first launch in, are still a mystery. Once the program launches, you’ll be able to choose between self-driving or a human driver using an updated version of Lyft’s app.

The early test program is largely focused on beating future competitors to the market. Google is already testing self-driving cars in public and is expected to eventually launch some sort of shuttle service. Uber has also invested heavily in the technology, and could start introducing self-driving taxis by 2020.

GM and Lyft are also partnering to turn the new Chevy Bolt into the car-hailing service’s primary vehicle for human drivers.

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Jacob Kleinman

Jacob Kleinman has been working as a journalist online and in print since he arrived at Wesleyan University in 2007. After graduating, he took a...