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GM plans large-scale launch of self-driving cars


GM plans large-scale launch of self-driving cars

Big fleets of robot taxis from General Motors could hit the streets of San Francisco and other cities in less than two years, the company said on Thursday (Nov. 30).

General Motors is aiming to overtake rivals by launching a large-scale fleet of self-driving taxis by 2019. The US auto giant told an investor call its strategy is based on zero emissions and autonomous technology that will eliminate most crashes.

The plan for a 2019 deployment would likely put GM ahead of rivals such as former Google car unit Waymo, which has begun small-scale trials of autonomous cars, and Uber, which has ordered vehicles from Volvo for deployment between 2019 and 2021.

GM chairman and chief executive Mary Barra said on the same call that the company is planning "the next chapter in our journey in the transformation that is happening in this industry."

- Source: Agency

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