Volvo and Uber share autonomous-car ride
Thousands of autonomous-driving-compatible Volvo XC90 SUVs will join the fleet of ride-sharing company Uber between 2019 and 2021.
Volvo Cars and Uber have signed a framework agreement, which will see engineers from both companies co-developing the luxury SUV base vehicles to incorporate all necessary safety, redundancy and core autonomous driving technologies that are required for Uber to add its own self-driving technology.
The base vehicles are developed on Volvo Cars’ fully modular, in-house-developed Scalable Product Architecture (SPA – one of the most advanced car platforms in the world, and currently used to underpin Volvo’s top-of-the-line 90-series cars as well as the All-New Volvo XC60 mid-size SUV.The non-exclusive agreement enhances the strategic partnership between Volvo Cars and Uber announced in August 2016, and marks a new chapter in the convergence of car makers and Silicon Valley-based technology companies.
“The automotive industry is being disrupted by technology and Volvo Cars chooses to be an active part of that disruption,” said Håkan Samuelsson, Volvo Cars’ President and Chief Executive. “Our aim is to be the supplier of choice for AD ride-sharing service providers globally. Today’s agreement with Uber is a primary example of that strategic direction.”
“We’re thrilled to expand our partnership with Volvo,” said Jeff Miller, Head of Auto Alliances, Uber. “This new agreement puts us on a path towards mass-produced self-driving vehicles at scale.”
At the same time as providing Uber with autonomous-driving-compatible cars, Volvo will use the same base vehicle in the development of its own independent autonomous car strategy, which is planned to culminate in the release of the company’s first fully autonomous car in 2021.
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