Lyft plans to deploy a self-driving fleet of GM’s Chevrolet Bolt electric models image

The partnership between General Motor and Lyft will soon be taken to the next level, as both companies will begin testing self-driving Chevy Bolts taxis next year, The Wall Street Journal reports.

General Motors is really determined to take advantage of the upward trend of the ride-sharing business, as it started the year by announcing a 500-million-dollar partnership with Uber’s rival Lyft. The move was part of a 1-billion-dollar fund-raising round by the “taxi” company. Furthermore, the automaker bought in March, for 1 billion dollars in cash and stock, the San Francisco-based Cruise Automation, an autonomous-driving tech focused startup founded in 2013. Therefore, a self-driving fleet of taxis sounds like the next logical step. According to The Wall Street Journal, Lyft’s customers will have within a year the choice of summoning through the app a driverless electric Chevrolet Bolt to take them to their destination. Further details are not yet known, such as the exact location in which both companies have chosen to start the trials, but an announcement is expected to be made soon.

The Detroit maker and Lyft currently have a rental program in Chicago – that will roll out in other cities as well – that provide users access to Chevrolet Equinox crossovers, but GM will definitely want to push upfront its soon-be-launched electric Chevrolet Bolt. However, fully independent cars driving on public roads without drivers behind their wheels are not currently allowed, as there are still many regulatory hurdles around the technology. At first, Lift will put drivers in its autonomous fleet, but they are expected to be made obsolete when the laws are clear in this direction.

Via The Wall Street Journal