One of the biggest advantages GM would have in the automotive market is autonomous driving technology, which it is acquiring from tech startup Cruise Automation and is using in collaboration with ride-sharing company Lyft for a self-driving taxi service.
The taxi would be the 2017 Chevrolet Bolt, which is going to eventually adopt the Super Cruise self-driving system for its consumer model after it premieres on the 2016-17 Cadillac CT6.
That was the initial plan, which had been derailed by a lawsuit that erupted within Cruise Automation, with the current CEO suing a former partner for making unrightful claims to the company and Super Cruise technology.
With the threat of a drawn out lawsuit which could span for lengthy period, the worry was that GM would not be able to the self-driving system which it had set out to acquire through buying over the startup.
The good news is that the lawsuit has been settled amicably. Automotive News has just reported that both parties have agreed to drop their suits against one another, though we’re not sure what the terms of the settlement are.
Nevertheless, this would allow GM to fast-track its development and deployment of the Super Cruise system in the CT6 luxury sedan, which would thereafter trickle down to its mass market brand Chevrolet.
But before any of that, the Bolt would be running around the streets picking up folks without a driver inside.