American automobile giant General Motors Co. (GM) is reportedly preparing to deploy thousands of self-driving e-cars in test fleets in collaboration with ride-sharing affiliate Lyft Inc., starting next year.
Multiple anonymous sources familiar with GM's plans revealed the automaker has plans to allow Lyft to test thousands of specially equipped versions of its Chevrolet Bolt e-cars in various states in the U. S.
On Thursday, General Motors (GM) CEO Mary Barra said that the automaker will commence the testing of a fleet of autonomous vehicles on public roads in Michigan. The move will make GM the second conventional automaker - after Ford - to test fully autonomous vehicles on public roads outside its premises.
The autonomous vehicle fleet which GM will test on Michigan roads will be the company's Chevrolet Bolts.
In May, General Motors confirmed that its Buick Verano compact will no longer be sold in the North American market from October 2016. However, an updated version will be available in the Chinese market.
Last month, reports suggested that the Verano could be moving out of the market but confirmation from the company only came in late May. In 2015, Buick sold 31,886 Veranos marling a drop of twenty seven percent in sales.
General Motors says there will be cars available soon that can remotely locked, unlocked and be started. The automaker revealed that at present it is testing an application that allows owners of cars to lock or unlock their vehicles and even start them remotely.
To avoid a criminal prosecution over a lethal ignition-switch failure scandal, General Motors has agreed to pay $900 million in an agreement arrived at, with the Justice Department. However, it attracted criticism from different quarters like families of the affected and the safety advocates, for the Justice Department not bringing charges against responsible individual employees.
On Wednesday, some people with knowledge of the matter said that the Federal prosecutors have reached an agreement with GM to resolve a criminal investigation which was initiated to probe how the automaker bypassed the law by hiding a fatal problem which existed in some of the ignition switches installed in its small-car.
The U.S. government is deciding whether General Motors or some of the company's employees will be facing criminal charges for faulty ignition switches in some of the models delivered by the car maker said a source that is familiar with the investigation.
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