Uber is buying thousands of self-driving cars from Volvo

Dianna Christensen
November 22, 2017

Head of Uber's autonomous alliance; Jeff Miller said that they are proceeding aggressively, and the company has not yet decided as to which city to start with.

Uber has already been testing 100 self-driving XC90s since 2016 in Pittsburgh.

"The automotive industry is being disrupted by technology and Volvo Cars chooses to be an active part of that disruption", said HÃ¥kan Samuelsson, president and chief executive.

However, the latest deal increases vastly the number of driverless Volvo cars that Uber will be able to work with, which shows the scope of Uber's ambitions.

Tesla long ago offered a hybrid version of software for self-driving in its different vehicles, and recently debuted a almost autonomous, electric semi-truck it expects will be available over the next couple of years.

Volvo has signed a framework agreement with Uber to supply "tens of thousands" of autonomous driving-compatible base vehicles between 2019 and 2021. Volvo is owned by Chinese company Gheely Holding.

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That said, an end to our auto sickness woes could finally be in sight if a patent filed by ride-hailing company Uber is anything to go by.

Uber's Advanced Technologies Group is developing the self-driving system to be used in the Volvo cars. "Our aim is to be the supplier of choice for AD (autonomous drive) ride-sharing service providers globally".

Though this experimental process will depend on the policymakers of the municipal cooperation, those have dealt with the ride-hailing companies like that of Uber for over years.

He added that the deal with Uber was a "primary example of that strategic direction". This link between traditional automakers and Silicon Valley tech companies leverages the strengths of both. The patent details the functionality of Uber's "Sensory Stimulation System", a system that could decrease (or eliminate) nausea for passengers of autonomous vehicles.

When you're driving a vehicle, this is generally not a problem.

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