The hype of the self-driving car continues! General Motors and Lyft will be testing a fleet of self-driving cars that should be seen on the street within a year. The hurdles for Lyft and Uber are pretty much the same - navigating a patchwork of regulations that govern the use of autonomous vehicles and liabilities. In an effort to ease regulatory concerns, Lyft will start with autonomous cars that have drivers in the cockpit, but the driver is expected to eventually be obsolete.
Details of the autonomous-testing program are still being worked out, according to a Lyft executive, but it will include real customers and based in a yet-to-be disclosed city. Customers will have the opportunity to opt in or out of the pilot when hailing a Lyft car from the company’s mobile app. In addition to driverless cars, the Detroit auto giant aims to use Lyft and its growing army of drivers as a primary customer for the Bolt, an electric car that launches later this year amid soft demand for electric vehicles.