Volvo and Uber have launched an autonomous XC90. This is coming from a partnership that was initiated in 2016 which spurred the two companies into a joint venture. The XC90 is a production-ready car that's fitted with smart systems which makes it capable of self-driving.
Naijauto gathered that the jointly developed model is equipped with "key safety features”, which, according to the Swedish automaker, enables Uber to easily set up their own self-driving system.
Volvo is conscious of safety and has put in place various backup systems for braking, steering and battery backup power. These safety features will see to it that the XC90 SUV comes to an abrupt stop in the event of the main component failing. Some sensors placed on the roof and also installed into the car enables the model to drive itself in urban environments.
The XC90 has key safety features which enable Uber to set up its own self-driving system
The CEO of Uber Advanced Technologies Group, Eric Meyhofer said,
Working in close cooperation with companies like Volvo is a key ingredient to effectively building a safe, scalable, self-driving fleet.
Volvo has long been known for its commitment to safety, which is the cornerstone of its newest production-ready, self-driving base vehicle. When paired with our self-driving technology, this vehicle will be a key ingredient in Uber’s autonomous product suit
This collaboration will benefit both parties. Volvo is looking forward to producing autonomous cars by 2020. Uber, on the other hand, is aiming to provide a reliable autonomous ride-hailing service without the assistance of a mission specialist.
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Hakan Samuelsson, Volvo's CEO stated that,
We believe autonomous drive-technology will allow us to further improve safety, the foundation of our company. By the middle of 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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