Volvo Wins 3 Year Deal To Supply Uber With Robo Taxis

Volvo Wins 3 Year Deal To Supply Uber With Robo Taxis

Volvo Wins 3 Year Deal To Supply Uber With Robo Taxis

The base vehicles will incorporate all necessary safety, redundancy and core autonomous driving technologies for Uber to build upon. Uber is planning to make these XC90 to get upgraded with advanced technology to make them serve as a driverless vehicle with autonomous driving computing capability. "Today's agreement with Uber is a primary example of that strategic direction", he said.

Moreover, the agreement has showed that Uber is pushing on with the development of its autonomous cars programme, in spite a legal feud with Google's sister company, Waymo. Uber has struck a new deal with Volvo that will see the latter produce tens of thousands of SUVs that Uber will then outfit with its autonomous driving systems.

Uber partnerships chief Jeff Miller added: "This new agreement puts us on a path towards mass-produced self-driving vehicles at scale".

Volvo, meanwhile, says the project will help it reach its own goal: being the "supplier of choice" for ride-sharing service providers around the world. Delivery of the vehicles is set to begin in 2019, with Uber calling up vehicles each month through 2021.

Uber first tested its driverless taxi service in Pittsburgh, and it also tests cars in Arizona.

Waymo, the Google self-driving auto spinoff, recently announced that some of its self-driving minivans are already running around Phoenix without a human inside; within months, the company is planning on using those fully self-driving cars to launch a ride-hailing service in the city. It has retrofitted the test cars with sensors and autonomous driving hardware to enable them to drive on their own.

Waymo announced its intentions to launch its own fleet of self-driving vehicles, which, just like Uber, would be controlled by an app, two weeks ago.

Volvo Cars' engineers have worked closely together with engineers from Uber to develop the XC90 premium SUVs that are to be supplied to Uber.

In addition, in February 2017, the company Uber has signed a long-term cooperation agreement with the automotive group Daimler.

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