Volvo to provide Uber with tens of thousands of self-driving cars

11/22/2017

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Volvo will supply Uber with tens of thousands of self-driving cars between 2019 and 2021, after signing a non-exclusive agreement.

According to the latest car news, the base cars are designed completely based on modular chassis of Volvo models which use Scalable Product Architecture (SPA). SPA is known as one of the most modern car architectures worldwide and is currently applied to 90 series of high-end Volvo cars including the all-new Volvo XC60 2018.

The agreement contributes to promoting the strategic partnership between the two sides started in August 2016 as well as taking a new step in the cooperation between car manufacturers and technology companies based in Silicon Valley.

Angular front of a Volvo car

The base cars are designed completely based on modular chassis of Volvo models

Mr, Håkan Samuelsson, Volvo Cars’ President and Chief Executive stated that the auto industry was being interrupted by technology and Volvo Cars has chosen to be a positive part of the interruption.

He also added that the company wanted to be the provider of choice for global AD ride-sharing service supplier. The agreement with Uber is one of the first steps in its strategic direction. Ađitionally, the car engineers of the two sides have worked in a close partnership in order to develop the Volvo XC90 premium SUVs which are set to serve Uber.

The base cars include full kits of essential safety features, core autonomous-driving technologies and redundancy, which are needed for self-driving tech of Uber.

Angular rear of a Volvo car

The base cars include full kits of essential safety features, core autonomous-driving technologies and redundancy

Mr. Jeff Miller, Uber’s Head of Auto Alliances expressed his pleasure as Uber and Volvo Cars expanded their partnership and this agreement also enhanced Uber’s massive production of self-driving cars at scale.

Meanwhile, Volvo will still use the same base car for its strategy of developing self-driving vehicles, which is expected to culminate in the launch of the first Volvo self-driving car in 2021.

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