The race to bring the first fully autonomous car to market is this generation’s Space Wars, and ride share companies are emerging as the primary battlefield.
Most observers are picking Uber to lead the charge, but based on a new report from The Wall Street Journal, Lyft is making a push to beat its rival to the punch.
In a just announced partnership, Lyft and General Motors are aiming to bring self-driving cars to the roads “within a year.” While the cars are expected to operate without the guidance of a human operator, there will be a driver present, as a result of what many believe will be strict legislations against driverless cars once they do end up passing.
And while companies like Google and Apple have led the development of autonomous cars, the Journal is reporting that Lyft and G.M. plan on using the technology developed by Silicon Valley start-up Cruise.
This is the latest step in a revolution that many feel is inevitable. While the technology does exist—some observers predict that there will be 10 million self-driving cars on the road by 2020—the main hurdle now is Washington, who must sift through the mountains of legislation that needs to pass before self-driving cars become a reality.
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