出租车的无人驾驶时代到来

【出租车的无人驾驶时代到来】日前《华尔街日报》报道,通用汽车将与美国打车软件lyft在一座尚未公开的城市进行无人驾驶出租车服务测试。通用汽车已将5亿美元投入到lyft的打车APP中,为了完成高科技展示,通用公司还计划向lyft提供新型全电动雪佛兰螺栓。但双方的合作也面临着由谁控制数据的问题。

GM and Lyft Will Test Driverless Taxi Service

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General Motors and Lyft will test a self-driving taxi service in an undisclosed city within a year, according to a report in the Wall Street Journal yesterday.

It’s not clear what steps the mystery city will take to align its rules of the road with the robotaxi service. Customers who get cold feet at the sight of an empty space where the driver normally sits will be able to opt out of the robotaxi service and get a human-driven Lyft car instead.

It’s one of the first fruits in a dealmaking frenzy that’s roiling the auto industry. GM recently poured US $500 million into Lyft, a ride-hailing app that’s like Uber but smaller; GM is also plunking down $1 billion to acquire Cruise Automation, whose technology it plans to use in the robotaxis. And, to complete the high-tech showcase, the company also plans to provide Lyft with its new all-electric Chevy Bolt, which has more battery power and thus more battery range than its existing offering, the Chevy Volt.

In other recent dealmaking news, Google—after failing to sign a deal with Ford—is reportedly teaming up with Fiat Chrysler. Uber is building up its own self-driving laboratory, a process it began by strip-mining the engineering facultyat Carnegie Mellon University.

One of the vexing points in any marriage between a car company and a tech company is who gets to control the data. No car company wants to be treated as a hewer of wood and drawer of water that gets a pittance while some lordly tech partner grabs all the profits. According to a report this week in TheStreet, differences on this question were what probably scotched the proposed Google-Ford alliance. Ford is instead buying its way into the relevant computer expertise by investing $182 million in Pivotal Software, a cloud-computing company.

 

http://spectrum.ieee.org/cars-that-think/transportation/self-driving/gm-and-lyft-will-test-driverless-taxi-service


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