Friday, 15 December, 2017

Uber Orders 24000 Plug-In Hybrid Volvo XC90s

Volvo to supply Uber with self-driving cars Uber wants to cure travel sickness with light, air blasts and moving seats
Juana Turner | 22 November, 2017, 01:12

The partnership, set to begin in 2019, would see Volvo providing Uber with examples of its flagship XC90 SUV, fitted with high-tech autonomous technology.

The deal is non-exclusive, and Volvo hopes to sell its base vehicles to Uber's competitors. It has all the necessary safety, redundancy, and autonomous driving technologies baked-in.

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.

Volvo is also planning to use the same platform to build its own autonomous auto to be released in 2021.

Volvo engineers worked closely with their counterparts at Uber to develop these XC90 SUVs.

Earlier this year, Uber's rival Lyft revealed partnerships with Alphabet's Waymo, Ford and startups Nutonomy and Drive.ai to bring self-driving cars into its fleet.

No financial details were disclosed for the purchase, which would be a massive new investment for Uber and mark a change from Uber's long-standing business model where contractor drivers buy or lease and maintain their own cars.

"Our aim is to be the supplier of choice for AD ride-sharing service providers globally", said HÃ¥kan Samuelsson, Volvo's president and CEO.

Volvo, which is Sweden-based and owned by China's Geely Automobile Holdings, said through a prepared statement that Uber and Volvo were each contributing $300 million to this project.

World's most valuable start-up Uber has made a decision to purchase 24,000 autonomous cars from Volvo.

Volvo has signed a framework agreement with Uber to supply "tens of thousands" of autonomous driving-compatible base vehicles between 2019 and 2021.

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.

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

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