Nissan had long confirmed that the next-gen Nissan Leaf would be equipped with single-lane autonomous driving features. On GM’s side, there hadn’t appeared any word on this – until now.

As the 2017 Chevrolet Bolt is designed for ride-sharing, it was always only a matter of time before GM’s ride-sharing partner Lyft announced something in the way of how the Bolt would be useful to its plans.

The company hasn’t actually made any official announcements yet, but it seems that the Uber rival and GM are already working on a self-driving fleet of Bolt vehicles which can be summoned via a smartphone app, according to a Slash Gear report citing Wall Street Journal.

That comes as good news after the Detroit automaker was recently reported as being stuck in a limbo regarding its acquisition of Cruise Automation which would bring the Super Cruise autonomous driving system to the Cadillac CT6.

While ‘self-driving fleet’ doesn’t really apply to near-future semi-autonomous driving that lets drivers take their hands off the wheel, this development more or less confirms the existence of autonomous driving for the Bolt.

Whether it would arrive to the mass market model in 2017 or remain exclusively in far-future ride-sharing plans is another question.

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Xander Mcat · May 6, 2016 at 8:56 am

The fight’s already been won by Tesla.

Lad · May 6, 2016 at 5:55 pm

Nissan is on its 6th year of the Leaf; and, their progress of improving range has been miserable. They are making EV policy based on gas car experience and don’t know what they are doing.

Greg · May 6, 2016 at 7:39 pm

@Xander you’re exactly right. If Tesla had not brought that technology to market none of these companies would even be talking about it.

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