Spring is here again! It’s time to go outside and have some fun! For many of us, being outdoors involves getting into a car and going for a ride to a chosen destination. Many top automakers are now betting big that in the future, when you do get into an automobile, you will want it to drive for you!
Companies such as Toyota, Honda, Volvo, Tesla, Ford and more, have been spending billions of dollars on acquisitions of autonomous automation and artificial intelligence (AI), and are pushing hard to make driverless cars a reality by the next decade.
In 2016, GM spent $581 million to purchase self-driving start up Cruise Automation, according to Emerj Artificial Intelligence Research, and recently announced plans to expand Cruise’s research and development, adding more than 1000 new jobs. CEO Mary Barra has made it clear they are aggressively working toward being the first ‘high-volume manufacturer to build fully autonomous vehicles for a mass-production assembly plant,’ focusing on ride-sharing first over the individual buyer.
Ford has also thrown its hat into the proverbial ring to develop AI vehicles for ride-sharing, and has partnered with Argo AI, which was created by leaders at Google and Uber, to get the job done. According to Forbes Magazine, companies such as Uber and Lyft are highly motivated to use fully automated vehicles because currently the cost of labor, i.e. paying drivers and insurance, makes it nearly impossible to sustain their current business models.
We have successfully represented, and continue to represent, numerous Uber and Lyft passengers and others were struck and injured by the negligence of Uber and Lyft drivers. If you, or any of your family, friends or co-workers were injured in an accident involving an Uber or Lyft vehicle, we are happy to represent them. Please call us the office at 323-651-0125 or on my cell phone at 310-528-7003 for a free consultation. As always, we are here to help and appreciate your referrals.
Michael B. Goldstein
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