Enabling autonomous ridesharing without the need for a driver, Volvo and Uber have developed a fully autonomous vehicle.
Uber can install their own self-driving system into Volvo’s XC90 SUV key safety features. Main features include several back-up systems for both steering and braking functions and battery back-up power, meaning there is a back up if the primary system fails.
Håkan Samuelsson, President and Chief Executive of Volvo Cars, said, ‘We believe autonomous-drive technology will allow us to further improve safety, the foundation of our company. By the middle of the next decade, we expect one-third of all cars we sell to be fully autonomous. Our agreement with Uber underlines our ambition to be the supplier of choice to the world’s leading ride-hailing companies.’
Eric Meyhofer, CEO of Uber Advanced Technologies Group, added, ‘Working in close cooperation with companies like Volvo is a key ingredient to effectively building a safe, scalable, self-driving fleet. Volvo has long been known for its commitment to safety, which is the cornerstone of its newest production-ready self-driving base vehicle. When paired with our self-driving technology, this vehicle will be a key ingredient in Uber’s autonomous product suite.’
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