Google Inc (GOOGL), General Motors Company (GM) partner on ride-sharing pilot program

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Google Inc (NASDAQ:GOOGL) and General Motors Company (NYSE:GM) are partnering on a ride-sharing pilot program using the Chevrolet Spark EV, said GM in its sustainability report released on Monday. The pilot program is taking place at Google’s headquarters in Mountain View, California. The Spark EV was selected because of its size and high efficiency.

“This learning pilot combines commuting data, analytics, telematics, navigation and smartphones to run a smart, real-time system that mixes and matches drivers, riders and cars during morning and evening commutes,” said GM.

GM recently switched the battery supplier for the 2015 Spark EV from A123 Systems to LG Chem. The Spark EV also uses a smaller battery at 19 kWh, which does not change any range or performance specs.

“This learning pilot combines commuting data, analytics, telematics, navigation and smartphones to run a smart, real-time system that mixes and matches drivers, riders and cars during morning and evening commutes. Convenience through door-to-door service and flexible scheduling are key goals,” added GM.

GM has a goal of bringing 500,000 electrified cars to the road by 2017, including standard hybrids, pure electric vehicles, and PHEVs.

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