Volvo to sell thousands of self-driving cars to Uber
21 November, 2017, 01:15 | Author: Lora Ball
However, at this present stage, the self-driving system to be part of the Volvo cars is under development by Uber's Advanced Technologies Group. The deal is a non-exclusive agreement that would run from 2019 to 2021, and would provide Uber with Volvo's flagship XC90 SUVs equipped with autonomous technology. We'll see all of this happen within the new few years, too. According to a report fromBloomberg, Uber will be buying 24,000 XC90 SUV's from Volvo to create its own fleet of driverless vehicles.
Uber has already been experimenting with driverless technology in the USA, but this massive investment in hardware represents a big change in direction and the first such purchase by a ride-hailing provider.
Uber's rival Lyft has this year struck a research partnership with Alphabet Inc.'s unit Waymo and secured deals with Ford Motor Co. and startups Nutonomy and Drive.ai to incorporate self-driving cars into its fleet.
"Everything we're doing right now is about building autonomous vehicles at scale", Jeff Miller, Uber's head of automotive alliances, said.
Uber has signed a deal with Volvo. Police said the incident was caused by a human driver of another vehicle not the Uber self-driving auto.
The deal builds on a non-exclusive agreement signed back in 2016 by Uber and Volvo, which is expected to release its first self-driving vehicle in 2021.
Driver wages are among the largest expenditures for a ride-hailing provider, which acts as a sort of app-based minicab service.
Volvo added that engineers from both companies developed the XC90 premium SUVs that are supplied to Uber.
The tests - which have involved human operators to intervene if anything happens - took a beating in March, when one of the Volvo's crashed and flipped on its side in Arizona (Uber was not at fault in the accident and was hit by another auto that failed to yield).
Though Uber operates self-driving taxis, a human operator is always present inside the vehicle.
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