GM & LYFT To Develop Self Driving Cars For Ride Service That Will Smell & Not Speak English Like Real Cabs

General Motors Co. will invest $500 million in Lyft Inc., giving the ride-hailing startup a valuation of $5.5 billion and a major ally in the global battle against Uber Technologies Inc.

The investment, part of a $1 billion financing round for Lyft, is the biggest move by an automaker to date when it comes to grappling with the meteoric rise of the ride-hailing industry.

GM and Lyft said they will work together to develop a network of self-driving cars that riders can call up on-demand, a vision of the future shared by the likes of Uber Chief Executive Officer Travis Kalanick and Google-parent Alphabet Inc. More immediately, America’s largest automaker will offer Lyft drivers vehicles for short-term rent through various hubs in U.S. cities, the companies said in separate statements on Monday.

  • BillyHW

    Great, now all our lousy imported taxi drivers can collect more welfare and have more free time to rape children. Whose brilliant idea was it to import all of them in the first place?

    • Physics grad

      treasonous “liberals” in our government

  • Dana Garcia

    Robo-cabs would at least (hopefully) not stink, which has been a political problem in diverse Sacramento.

  • Physics grad

    Well now we can truly send all the Pakistanis back, they can be replaced with a machine

  • Brett_McS

    The attempts at self-driving cars have hit a bit of a brick wall: They obey the road rules *exactly* whereas human drivers don’t, which tends to cause conflicts.

    • dance…dancetotheradio

      It seems that they are programming them properly to assess threats.
      I still maintain that self driving cars can not be made to navigate a prairie winter.
      Especially the Trans Canada highway between Winnipeg and Portage in a snowstorm.