Lyft is starting 2016 off right. The competitor to Uber is celebrating one hell of a fundraising windfall after GM joined the round and poured $500 million into the company. Not a bad New Year’s resolution. Half a billion from GM and a GM rep on the board of the company.

Why? Automakers are more than a little worried about a future where the driver will be a computer. If you can’t beat ‘em, join them. Ford has already partnered with Google in a quest to be the first out of the gate with an autonomous car. Google is also a major investor of Lyft’s chief competitor, Uber.

An on-demand car service worth billions. Yeah, no bubble here folks…

Lyft is thrilled with the news, talking up the possibilities with Buzzfeed:

“We’ll create the operating system of the future where people will be able to order an experience. If, you know, you’re heading with your family to Tahoe, you’ll get to order a specific kind of autonomous experience where you get to enjoy movies on your trip or after work you can get a sports Lyft and watch a Clippers game with friends. Now that we have this partnership we can create these sort of experiences with this network.”

How far have the Lakers sunk? Even a tech company refuses to name drop you.

Lyft and GM partner for autonomous car

I’m all for kicking back in a robot car, but call me skeptical. We can’t even build roads under budget. Go in a dip on the interstate and your cell signal drops. What the hell happens to the car in that scenario?

Besides, shouldn’t we be flying around in our cars by now?

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The future will probably see us enjoying a driverless car. If I was a betting my man, my money is on Google. I like that Lyft is a plucky upstart, but Google has the cash to burn on the moonshot the driverless car becomes a profitable enterprise.

Still, how cool would it be to grab your phone and order a car to take you on the road trip? I’ll take any commute where I get to kick back and enjoy a movie instead of cursing the traffic. Not saying I don’t hate traffic, but at least I’ll just be a passenger buried in my phone.

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