GM has expressed an interest in ride-sharing companies lately. First there was the huge $500 million injection into Uber’s main competitor Lyft earlier this year, now the major automotive company has picked up staff and tech from the recently defunct Sidecar.
The company managed to get its hands on patents relating to Sidecar’s mobile app while the staff acquisitions include a chief technical officer, co-founder, and 20 employees according to Bloomberg. This was probably what the Sidecar’s founds meant in their farewell message by “This is the end of the road for the Sidecar ride and delivery service, but it’s by no means the end of the journey for the company.” Joining GM could be the “next big adventure in 2016.”
It looks as though the resources and talent will be heading to GM’s ride-sharing initiative “Maven” as Bloomberg has revealed. The service will allow owners of GM vehicles to operate in the same way as Uber or Lyft: they can pick up, drop off, and charge riders whose destination is along their route.