Uber Makes Self-Driving Car Deal with Volvo


It would be the first of its kind.

"The only way we could control our own destiny was to work with this technology that had the potential to disrupt our business, and have direct involvement in the creation of it", Jeff Miller, Uber's head of automotive alliances said, according to the Times. Do you think Uber made the right call purchasing 24,000 self-driving vehicles from Volvo?

Volvo says that it has worked closely with Uber engineers to help develop the XC90 SUVs that will be used in the program.

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.

Bloomberg said the deal involved 24,000 XC90s and that Uber's order boosts efforts to replace human drivers, the biggest cost in its on-demand taxi service.

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"Our aim is to be the supplier of choice for AD ride-sharing service providers globally". Volvo said the base vehicles incorporate all necessary safety, redundancy and core autonomous driving technologies and will be ready for Uber to add their own self-driving tech.

The new XC90s that Uber is sourcing from Volvo will be more advanced in their self-driving abilities compared to the existing test cars.

Miller said the company hasn't determined which cities the self-driving Volvos will operate in, but noted that the company's initial focus will likely be in the United States, where Uber has test fleets in San Francisco, Phoenix and Pittsburgh.

Volvo has done a deal with taxi firm Uber to supply tens of thousands of autonomous driving-compatible XC90 SUVs between 2019 and 2021.

Jeff Miller, Uber's head of auto partnerships said: "In a self-driving world there is no human, so you need redundant steering and braking and actuation systems, such that if there is an electrical or mechanical failure, the back-up system can kick in". "But we know that we want to be the platform that's at the centre of it, from a ridesharing standpoint".