Uh-oh Uber, Look Out Lyft: Here Comes Driverless Ride Sharing

Post Syndicated from Tekla S. Perry original https://spectrum.ieee.org/view-from-the-valley/transportation/self-driving/uhoh-uber-look-out-lyft-here-comes-driverless-ride-sharing

Yesterday I drove from Silicon Valley to San Francisco. It started raining on the way and I hadn’t thought to take an umbrella. No matter—I had the locations of two parking garages, just a block or so from my destination, preloaded into my navigation app. But both were full, and I found myself driving in stop-and-go traffic around crowded, wet, hilly, construction-heavy San Francisco, hunting for street parking or an open garage for nearly an hour. It was driving hell.

So when I finally arrived at a launch event hosted by Cruise, I couldn’t have been more receptive to the company’s pitch for Cruise Origin, a new vehicle that, Cruise executives say, intends to make it so I won’t need to drive or park in a city ever again.