Magna ends cooperation with Lyft
The road to the future of mobility is a rocky one. This is what recent examples seem to indicate: The automotive supplier Magna, for example, is suspending its partnership with Uber competitor Lyft for the time being. At the same time, the Bavarian police are dissatisfied with their e-cars.17 Feb 2020 David Schahinian
The Canadian-Austrian automotive supplier Magna announced a partnership with the ridesharing provider Lyft in March of 2018. Together they wanted to develop self-driven cars. In addition, 200 million US dollars were to be invested in Lyft. Now, the split comes as quite a surprise: Various media sources have unanimously reported that Magna has pulled the plug. The company expects a decline in turnover for 2020, but did not explicitly mention this as a reason for its withdrawal. As the trade journal " Auto Motor und Sport" writes , Magna's management team did not consider the potential of self-driven cars to be great enough in the medium term. Magna emphasized, however, that they would like to continue working with Lyft on specific issues.
Things are not yet smooth sailing when it comes to e-cars either. It has now been revealed that the pilot deployment of e-cars with the Bavarian police, which started in 2015, was not successful. The BMW i3, which was purchased at the time, is not suitable as a standard patrol car, " Nordbayern.de" quotes a press spokesman as saying that it does not offer enough space for the personal protective equipment of the emergency services. In addition, persons under arrest would be cramped in the back seat.
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