Volvo Cars and Uber ‘ready for self-driving’

Volvo and Uber have jointly developed a production car capable of driving by itself. An XC90 base vehicle has been equipped with safety features that allow Uber to easily install its own self-driving system, enabling the possible future deployment of self-driving cars in Uber’s network as an autonomous ridesharing service.

Uber and Volvo entered a joint engineering agreement in 2016 and have since developed several prototypes aimed at accelerating the companies’ self-driving car development. The autonomous drive-capable production vehicle is part of Volvo’s commercial agreement with Uber for the delivery of tens of thousands of autonomous drive-ready base cars in the coming years.

“We believe autonomous-drive technology will allow us to further improve safety, the foundation of our company,” said Håkan Samuelsson, president and chief executive of Volvo Cars. “By the middle of the next decade, we expect one-third of all cars we sell to be fully autonomous. Our agreement with Uber underlines our ambition to be the supplier of choice to the world’s leading ride-hailing companies.”

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