The report states GM has filed legal documents with the California Public Utilities Commission stating it has plans to introduce Maven to the state of California. Along with this, it would have the ability to lease vehicles to Lyft drivers as “personal vehicles.”
Within the documents, GM states, “The terms and conditions under which a TNC [Transportation Network Company] driver may rent a car to perform services will affect the operation of Maven’s rental hubs in California. The ability to rent will turn on the Commission’s definition of ‘personal vehicle,’” GM added. “GM and Maven request party status to address this important Phase 3 issue.”
The idea of leased vehicles as “personal vehicles” for Uber and Lyft has been cause for much debate among both ride sharing services and taxi companies.
One way or another, we’re sure Maven will find its way into California, even if it leaves a bittersweet taste on the mouths of taxi drivers across the state.