General Motors Partners With Lyft to Develop Network of Self-Driving Cars
Uber might finally have some competition. Today, General Motors and Lyft announced that they are partnering to develop a network of self-driving cars.
As part of the announcement, San Francisco-based ridesharing company Lyft announced a $1 billion series F funding round, led by $500 million from Detroit-based General Motors, valuing the Uber competitor at $5.5 billion.
“We see the future of personal mobility as connected, seamless and autonomous,” says GM President Dan Ammann, in a written statement.
The news comes on the heels of rumors that Google and Ford will be announcing a partnership to create a fleet of autonomous vehicles.
Also part of the partnership, Lyft and General Motors will work together to develop a network of hubs around the U.S. where people can rent cars, according to the joint statement. The goal is to make it possible for drivers to share rides without having to own a car.
“Together we will build a better future by redefining traditional car ownership,” says John Zimmer, president and co-founder of Lyft.
Indeed, self-driving cars are expected to be increasingly common over the next decade. By 2025, there will be upwards of 20 million autonomous vehicles on the road, according to a recent report from Juniper Research. Currently, Google has a a few dozen self-driving cars roaming the streets of Mountain View, Calif., and Austin, Texas.Reported: There Will Be 20 Million Self-Driving Cars On the Road by 2025
Catherine Clifford is senior entrepreneurship writer at CNBC. She was formerly a senior writer at Entrepreneur.com, the small business reporter at CNNMoney and an assistant in the New York bureau for CNN. Clifford attended Columbia University where she earned a bachelor's degree. She lives in Brooklyn, N.Y. You can follow her on Twitter at @CatClifford.