General Motors recently started their own ride-hailing platform and is building one of the world's biggest charging stations in the US to help push their Cruise autonomous car into the robo-taxi market by next year.
Cruise has installed 18 fast chargers in a parking facility near San Francisco’s Embarcadero, the well-trafficked road along the city’s eastern shoreline where Uber Technologies and Lyft have busy drivers. And GM’s self-driving car unit has been testing its own Cruise Anywhere ride-hailing app and fleet-management system, according to sources.
The largest US car maker has long planned to start a ride-hailing business using self-driving cars by 2019, but it hasn’t said where the service would start or whether it will work with a partner. These latest moves show that San Francisco is where GM is assembling the pieces to launch its own rival to Alphabet’s Waymo next year if the Detroit-based company decides against working with an established livery app such as Uber’s or Lyft’s.