In anticipation of the growth of various types of freelance work over the coming years, GM will soon be expanding its carsharing service aimed at freelance workers. The service, dubbed “Maven Gig,” will reportedly launch in Los Angeles and San Francisco later this year. It’s already operational in San Diego.
As the name implies, Maven Gig is an outgrowth of GM’s general-use carsharing service, Maven. The intent behind the program is to provide cars to those who want to work in the gig economy (on-demand taxi drivers, delivery drivers, food delivery, etc.) but who don’t want to own a car or can’t afford to do so.
Reuters provides more: “GM said it expects about 43% of the US workforce to work freelance by 2020. Currently about 35% of the workforce in the United States are freelancers, according to Freelancers Union, a non-profit organization.
“The automaker aims to have 100 vehicles as part of the Maven Gig fleet in San Diego, starting with its Chevrolet Bolt electric cars, and plans to scale up based on demand. … Maven Gig has partnered with online food order and delivery company GrubHub, online grocer Instacart and app-based delivery service Roadie.”
In related news, it’s worth remembering that GM is also pursuing the development of self-driving vehicle tech, through Cruise.
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