Uber will purchase from 24 000 Autonomous Volvo crossover XC90

Tammy Harvey
November 21, 2017

Volvo added that engineers from both companies developed the XC90 premium SUVs that are supplied to Uber. The base vehicles will incorporate all necessary safety, redundancy and core autonomous driving technologies for Uber to build upon. Previously, we've seen Uber test its self-driving Volvo XC90 SUVs in Pittsburgh, and the company has already established a strong and strategic partnership with Volvo since August 2016. Pilot projects around the US were temporarily halted after an early version of a Volvo-Uber-developed vehicle flipped on its side after an accident in Tempe, Arizona.

"Our goal was from day one to make investments into a vehicle that could be manufactured at scale", Jeff Miller, Uber's head of automotive alliances, said.

Swedish automaker Volvo in the contract will put Uber at about 24,000 vehicles equipped with unmanned technologies.

"Our aim is to be the supplier of choice for AD ride-sharing service providers globally".

As the deal is non-exclusive, Uber reserves the right to strike deals with other vehicle makers.

Bloomberg reported the figure at 24,000 vehicles, to be delivered between 2019 and 2021.

"We believe this is a new segment, a new business", said Hakan Samuelsson, the Chief Executive of Volvo Cars, which is owned by Chinese carmaker Geely.

The company is also testing the auto in Arizona, San Francisco and Pittsburgh along with a safety driver to help refine and improve their software. Police said the incident was caused by a human driver of another vehicle not the Uber self-driving auto.

This goes to show that Uber is well on its way to roll out its own self-driving ride-hailing service. On top of all that, Uber is embroiled in a lawsuit with Google's Waymo, which accused it of stealing key self-driving tech. Uber's US$70 billion valuation already puts the group nearly on a par with Mercedes-Benz parent company Daimler.

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