Uber orders tens of thousands of autonomous driving compatible cars from Volvo

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Uber orders tens of thousands of autonomous driving compatible cars from Volvo

Swedish car maker Volvo Cars, has signed a framework agreement with Uber, the ride sharing company. Uber will buy tens of thousands of autonomous driving compatible base vehicles from Volvo between 2019 and 2021.

The cars have been developed based on Volvo Cars’ fully modular, in-house developed Scalable Product Architecture (SPA), which Volvo claims is one of the most advanced car architectures in the world. It is currently used in the Volvo 90 series cars and on the midsize SUV XC60. This non-exclusive agreement enhances the strategic partnership between Volvo and Uber, which began in 2016, and further demonstrates the increasing convergence of car makers and Silicon Valley-based technology companies.

The automotive industry is being disrupted by technology and Volvo Cars has choosen to be an active part of that disruption,

said Håkan Samuelsson, 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.

Engineers from Uber have worked closely together with Volvo Cars developers in the deployment oft the XC90 premium SUVs that are to be supplied to Uber. The base vehicles incorporate all necessary safety, redundancy and core autonomous driving technologies that are required for Uber to add its own self-driving technology.

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.

Volvo is planning to release it’s first own fully autonomous car in 2021 – it will be based the same framework as the vehicles it is providing for Uber.

Author: Tim Cole
Image Credit: Volvo

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