Volvo to sell thousands of self-driving cars to Uber

21 November, 2017, 01:11 | Author: Martin Tyler
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Uber has been offering autonomous auto rides in Ford Fusion and other vehicles for over a year in Pittsburgh.

A confirmed report from an Uber spokesperson says that the company has just ordered around 24,000 Volvo XC90 SUVs for its line of the driverless fleet. The ride-hailing company has long depended on drivers, which the company treats as independent contractors, to make up its fleet, but the next few years will likely see a flood of Uber-owned driverless vehicles taking the streets. It would be the first of its kind. The Volvo XC90 is already the base of Uber's current self-driving test vehicle.

Volvo added that engineers from both companies developed the XC90 premium SUVs that are supplied to Uber.

Neither Volvo nor Uber released financial details, but based on list prices for the cars the deal could be worth more than $1 billion (around 850 million euros).

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And you never know; if the Uber you "hail" doesn't have a driver, it may actually turn up exactly where you want it to.

Volvo said the vehicles "incorporate all the necessary safety, redundancy and core autonomous driving technologies that are required for Uber to add its own self-driving technology".

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.

Uber is already testing 200 of the automaker's cars in San Francisco, Pittsburgh and Tempe, Ariz. Uber has also made deals with Ford and Daimler.

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But the status of the project was unclear after Waymo sued Uber this year, claiming the ride-hailing company stole trade secrets, and the U.S. Justice Department opened an inquiry into the matter.

Uber, which didn't put a time frame on when it might introduce driverless rides, said its approach means anyone in the industry can "deploy its tech".

Virtually every major automaker is now working on some form of autonomous program, as are numerous automotive suppliers and new entries into the automotive world.

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