Uber orders 24000 Volvo XC90s for driverless fleet

Dianna Christensen
November 21, 2017

Volvo and Uber began a partnership past year, and the automaker has said it plans to introduce a fully self-driving auto for the public in 2021.

The XC90 SUVs are to be "base" vehicles, which incorporate a degree of autonomous capability but which are created to have Uber's proprietary driverless tech added on top. One of the main reasons why Uber went with the Volvo XC90 SUV is because it features a core for autonomous driving technology that will allow Uber to add its own automation features on top of what's already offered, Volvo states.

The deal between Volvo, owned by China's Zhejiang Geely Holding Group Co., and Uber is a framework agreement without financial terms. Uber also paired up with Volvo to jointly develop autonomous driving and a vehicle ready for self-driving implementation, with investment from both sides committed past year. Uber and its investors have been itching for some good news and it appears that this partnership with Volvo is a great signs for its future.

Volvo will provide 24,000 "scalable" autonomous cars to Uber, enabling the ride-sharing firm to develop and implement its own driverless technology system... Bloomberg points out that these cars start at $46,900 at dealers across the USA, though it isn't hard to imagine Uber getting some kind of discount for ordering so many at once. "Our aim is to be the supplier of choice for [autonomous driving] ride-sharing service providers globally". Uber will be purchasing the vehicles between 2019 and 2021, staggering the rollout over multiple years.

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The purchase highlights the delicate line Uber has been forced to walk as it pursues driverless technology while also trying to keep its current workforce of more than 2 million drivers happy.

Uber wasn't immediately available to comment, and Volvo deferred questions to Uber.

Volvo Cars Chief Executive Hakan Samuelsson said, "We believe this is a new segment, a new business".

Ford announced earlier this year it is working with Uber rival Lyft on a driverless vehicle trial programme, while Chrysler is supplying Pacific hybrids to Google's self-driving arm Waymo for its self-driving taxis trial. Uber has also made deals with Ford and Daimler.

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