GM invests $500 million in Uber rival Lyft

Ride-hailing application startup Lyft has received a $500 million investment from automobile major General Motors to build a fleet of driverless cars.

Lyft, based in San Francisco, investment from General Motors, believed to be the biggest bet from the global auto industry, was part of Lyft’s fresh round of efforts to raise $1 billion investment needed to facilitate rapid growth.

The Detroit-based automaker will have a seat on the three-year-old startup’s board.

A number of other investors, including Chinese companies Didi Kuaidi and Alibaba, were in the round, elevating Lyft’s value to $5.5 billion.

Lyft will be a competitor of Uber Technologies, another app startup in San Francisco. It expects revenue of about $1 billion in 2016.

While Lyft works on software to automate ride matching, routing and payments, GM was at the forefront of driverless vehicle development. The two will try together to create an integrated network of on-demand autonomous vehicles.

They will also work on a series of rental hubs in the US where Lyft drivers can rent short-term GM vehicles at discounted rates.

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