Personal mobility furthers autonomous vehicle plans in L.A.
Maven, General Motors’ personal mobility brand, is working with the city of Los Angeles to create more sustainable and convenient options for people to get around. The collaboration stems from the city’s Sustainable City pLAn, which is intended to advance L.A.’s environment, economy, and equity.
The city’s initiative, announced by Mayor Eric Garcetti, sets both short- and long-term goals for the city’s next 20 years. The mayor called upon organizations, universities, neighborhood councils, community groups, businesses, and individuals to contribute and adopts the plan into action.
Part of GM’s contribution included the introduction of its Chevrolet Bolt EV into Maven City car sharing and the Lyft Express Drive program. Maven’s supply of vehicles provides Lyft’s Express Drive drivers with affordable access to weekly rentals of GM vehicles in select cities. Maven is also planning on offering the Bolt EV to San Francisco and San Diego.
“Maven is a smart, seamless, and flexible mobility platform providing sharing solutions that meet the different needs of unique communities,” said Julia Steyn, Vice President, General Motors Urban Mobility and Maven. “Starting with Los Angeles, Maven will focus on collaborating with cities and municipalities to co-create smart transportation solutions that enhance mobility, create jobs, and ease parking and congestion.”
To support the introduction of the Bolt EV to the Maven platform, the GM team is working with L.A. infrastructure providers on building a more effective, robust EV charging network. Drivers using the Bolt EVs, for example, will have access to free charging for a limited time via the entire EVgo Freedom Station network throughout California. Maven is also working with each of California’s investor-owned utilities, as well as Los Angeles Department of Water & Power, on infrastructure projects that can help encourage the use of EVs in the sharing economy.
GM believes that Maven City car sharing and the Bolt EV provide a pathway to autonomous vehicle deployment. The foundation for a shared electric and autonomous network linked to other mass transportation options can be leveraged by cities to provide unique mobility solutions, the company said. To that end, Maven plans to collaborate with additional metropolitan cities to advance the development of future applications, including a fully electric autonomous network of vehicles tied to mass transportation stations.