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GM / aims to have autonomous taxi fleets in the main US cities

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GM on Thursday, November 30, made public the means of having a public transport fleets service without a driver by 2019

GM is currently testing autonomous cars in San Francisco.

The taxi service would be done with 100% autonomous electric cars, such as the Chevy Bolt that is developing, and could get to charge $ 1 per mile by 2025, much less than the $ 2 or $ 3 per mile that is being charged currently.

The service of GM would be tried to throw in the cities with more densidad of population of EE.UU, although of course, would have to study factors like the demand and the local regulation.

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General Motors sees the robot taxi service as a great source of income, since it could generate more profits than even its current vehicle sales business.

GM President Dan Ammann said that while the company now receives an average of $ 30,000 over the life of a new vehicle it sells, that number could reach several hundred thousand dollars for a car that makes transportation services.

The head of Finance, Chuck Stevens, believes that the market for robot taxis will have a volume of several hundred billion dollars until 2025 and that it will yield a profit margin of between 20 and 30 percent.

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GM in 2016 bought Cruise Automation for more than half a billion dollars.

Cruise Automation of South of Market is for GM is its main asset and creator of autonomous cars. When he bought it in 2016 he had 40 employees and now in 2017 he has multiplied it by 10. In total, 1,200 people at GM are currently working on the development and construction of autonomous cars.

Cruise has built 180 test vehicles, right now 100 operate in San Francisco, which is a very complex environment and this helps cars learn faster, the company said. Manhattan, will be the next city where in 2018 will test your autonomous car.

“We are on track to reach one million miles per month of road tests in 2018,” said Cruise CEO and co-founder Kyle Vogt.

Cruise developed a technology to create high-definition digital maps and then uses data from their cars to keep them updated. “You can have life, breathing and self-healing maps that are updated in any central market,” said Vogt.

At the beginning of 2016, GM invested $ 500 million in the Lyft transport service, which is also developing robotic taxis.
The president of GM says: “If we continue with our current exchange rate, we will be ready to deploy this technology, on a large scale, in the most complex environments, in 2019.”

Source text and image: General Motors, Cruise Automation

 

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