GM is launching a new car-sharing program called Maven. It won't be a real competitor for Uber (only introduced in one city) but the goal is not there. In a month, GM has shown multiple sign of a global strategy.
" It bought the remains of Sidecar, the defunct Uber competitor, to strip it for parts. It’s working with Mobileye to develop maps for robo-cars. It’s working with Lyft to build a network of driverless vehicles"
"GM claims some 5 million people worldwide use vehicle sharing services like Uber, and that number is expected to hit 25 million by 2020. That emerging industry will be completely remade by autonomous vehicles, and GM is trying to position itself for that change now. “We feel that we are very well-positioned as a company to be at the very forefront of this change in ownership model, change in mobility, particularly in the urban environment,” says GM President Dan Ammann.""
"GM wants to launch a ride-hailing network using autonomous vehicles. Maven can be the foundation for that sort of service, with ready-made groups of users, neatly arranged by geography and how they like to travel, already using a GM service."
General motors is not the only constructor trying to acquire a part of the car sharing pie (Ford, BMW, Audi -see source ). Shared driverless cars seems to be the solution automakers believe in. When will we see cities with driverless and ownerless cars reducing traffic jam and pollution?! Are citizens friendly and ready to adopt it?