GM and Lyft: The Chauffeurs of Community-Minded Cities
A partnership between the two firms will bring self-driving vehicles to the ride-sharing business, what happens to the social dynamics of an urban environment remains to be seen
This week General Motors announced that it will be working with Lyft to create a fleet of autonomous vehicles. With $500 million already invested in the ride-sharing company and plans to rent out vehicles to Lyft drivers, GM's move signifies a changing tide in the automotive industry. But despite the environmental benefits that come with this change, the advent of self-driving cars appears to pose a threat to the social bonds it supposedly forges.
For now, GM will begin renting vehicles to Lyft drivers. GM's strategic shift to the “big-city business,” away from the traditional model of owning cars and having to find parking for them, fits right into Lyft's plans for a more “democratic transport” and vision to “reconnect people through transportation and bring communities together”.