GM self-driving gets a lift from Lyft with OnStar onboard rentals

General Motors and Lyft are partnering to gmlfyftcreate an integrated network of on-demand self-driving cars in the U.S.

GM will invest $500 million in Lyft to suppot the company continue the rapid growth of its successful ridesharing service. In addition, GM will hold a seat on the company’s board of directors.

Key elements of the GM and Lyft alliance include:

  • Autonomous On-Demand Network: The joint development of a network of on-demand autonomous vehicles will leverage GM’s deep knowledge of autonomous technology and Lyft’s capabilities in providing a broad choice of ride-sharing services.
  • Rental Hub: Beginning immediately, GM will become a preferred provider of short-term use vehicles to Lyft drivers through rental hubs in various cities in the U.S.
  • Connectivity: Lyft drivers and customers will have access to GM’s wide portfolio of cars and OnStar services, leveraging two decades of experience in connectivity. This will create a richer ride-sharing experience for both driver and passenger.
  • Joint Mobility Offerings: GM and Lyft will also provide each other’s customers with personalized mobility services and experiences through their respective channels.

Mary Barra, GM’s CEO is expected to announce more details and reveal the new production model Chevy Bolt at CES on Wednesday. GM is also combining the OnStar and RemoteLink apps.