Μια μακροπρόθεσμη, στρατηγικής σημασίας, συμφωνία ανακοίνωσαν σήμερα η GM και η Lyft. Οι δύο εταιρίες συμφώνησαν ώστε από κοινού να αναπτύξουν και να κατασκευάσουν έναν στόλο On-Demand αυτόνομων οχημάτων, τα οποία θα λειτουργούν ως ταξί στις Η.Π.Α.
Η Lyft είναι μια εταιρία σαν την Uber, με την GM να επενδύει 500 εκατ. δολάρια στην Lyft, ώστε η δεύτερη να συνεχίσει την ανάπτυξη της. Σε αντάλλαγμα, η GM θα λάβει μια έδρα στο διοικητικό συμβούλιο της Lyft, ενώ θα γίνει μια προτιμώμενη εταιρία παροχής αυτοκινήτων στους οδηγούς της Lyft. Ο στόλος των αυτόνομων οχημάτων θα βγούνε στην αγορά σε περίπου δέκα χρόνια από σήμερα.
Στις σχετικές ειδήσεις, η GM ανακοίνωσε σήμερα πως η Mary Barra, η ως τώρα CEO της εταιρίας, από εδώ και στο εξής αναλάμβάνει τον ρόλο και του προέδρου του διοικητικού συμβουλίου της GM. Έγινε η πρώτη γυναίκα στη θέση αυτή και αντικαθιστά τον Tim Solso, που θα παραμείνει στην GM, ως ανεξάρτητος σύμβουλος του διοικητικού συμβουλίου.
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GM and Lyft to Shape the Future of Mobility
SAN FRANCISCO – General Motors and Lyft today announced a long-term strategic alliance to create an integrated network of on-demand autonomous vehicles in the U.S.
GM will invest $500 million in Lyft to help the company continue the rapid growth of its successful ridesharing service. In addition, GM will hold a seat on the company’s board of directors.
“We see the future of personal mobility as connected, seamless and autonomous,” said GM President Dan Ammann. “With GM and Lyft working together, we believe we can successfully implement this vision more rapidly.”
John Zimmer, president and co-founder of Lyft, said: “Working with GM, Lyft will continue to unlock new transportation experiences that bring positive change to our daily lives. Together we will build a better future by redefining traditional car ownership.”
Key elements of the GM and Lyft alliance include:
– Autonomous On-Demand Network: The joint development of a network of on-demand autonomous vehicles will leverage GM’s deep knowledge of autonomous technology and Lyft’s capabilities in providing a broad choice of ride-sharing services.
– Rental Hub: Beginning immediately, GM will become a preferred provider of short-term use vehicles to Lyft drivers through rental hubs in various cities in the U.S.
– Connectivity: Lyft drivers and customers will have access to GM’s wide portfolio of cars and OnStar services, leveraging two decades of experience in connectivity. This will create a richer ride-sharing experience for both driver and passenger.
– Joint Mobility Offerings: GM and Lyft will also provide each other’s customers with personalized mobility services and experiences through their respective channels.
Barra Named Chairman of GM Board of Directors
Solso to Stay on as Lead Independent Director
DETROIT – The General Motors Board of Directors today announced it has unanimously elected Mary Barra as its next Chairman, effective immediately. She succeeds Theodore (Tim) Solso, who will continue serving as the Board’s Lead Independent Director.
Barra has served as GM CEO since Jan. 15, 2014.
“At a time of unprecedented industry change, the Board concluded it is in the best interests of the company to combine the roles of Chair and CEO in order to drive the most efficient execution of our plan and vision for the future,” said Solso. “With GM consistently delivering on its targets and on track to generate significant value for its shareholders, this is the right time for Mary to assume this role.”
Solso indicated Barra has set a clear vision for the organization over the past two years, formed a strong leadership team from inside and outside the company, delivered strong operating results and led the introduction of breakthrough vehicles and technologies.
“The Board has improved the overall governance of the company over the past two years and as Lead Independent Director, I expect to continue to build on this solid foundation,” Solso said. “The Board also plans to broaden its active engagement with shareholders as we go forward.”
Said Barra: “I am honored to serve as Chair of the Board of Directors. With the support of our Board, we will continue to drive shareholder value by improving our core business and leading in the transformation of personal mobility.”
Prior to being named CEO in 2014, Barra served as executive vice president, Global Product Development, Purchasing & Supply Chain since August 2013, and as senior vice president, Global Product Development since February 2011. In these roles, she was responsible for the design, engineering, program management and quality of GM vehicles around the world.
Previously, Barra served as GM vice president, Global Human Resources; vice president, Global Manufacturing Engineering; plant manager, Detroit Hamtramck Assembly; executive director of Competitive Operations Engineering; and in several engineering and staff positions.
In 1990, Barra graduated with an MBA from the Stanford Graduate School of Business after receiving a GM fellowship in 1988.
Barra began her career with GM in 1980 as a General Motors Institute (Kettering University) co-op student at the Pontiac Motor Division. She graduated with a bachelor’s degree in electrical engineering in 1985.
General Motors Co. (NYSE:GM, TSX: GMM) and its partners produce vehicles in 30 countries, and the company has leadership positions in the world’s largest and fastest-growing automotive markets. GM, its subsidiaries and joint venture entities sell vehicles under the Chevrolet, Cadillac, Baojun, Buick, GMC, Holden, Jiefang, Opel, Vauxhall and Wuling brands. More information on the company and its subsidiaries, including OnStar, a global leader in vehicle safety, security and information services, can be found at http://www.gm.com.