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GM and Google Ride-Sharing Program Stars 2015 Spark EV

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The 2015 Spark EV was chosen for the GM and Google ride sharing pilot program.

The 2015 Spark EV was chosen for the GM and Google ride sharing pilot program.

The recently announced GM and Google ride-sharing pilot program partnership will use the 2015 Chevrolet Spark EV, chosen for its “small footprint.” The pilot program will take place in Mountain View, California, at Google’s really cool campus that everyone and their mother want to work at.

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“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,” GM reported. “Convenience through door-to-door service and flexible scheduling are key goals.”

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Also contained in the report is GM’s continued commitment to getting at least 500,000 vehicles on the road that are powered, one way or another, by electric energy, by the year 2017. The Chevy Volt and the Spark EV, and the Cadillac ELR, are the biggest steps that the automaker has taken thus far.