Uber Orders 24000 Autonomous Cars From Volvo

Uber Orders 24000 Autonomous Cars From Volvo

Uber Orders 24000 Autonomous Cars From Volvo

Following a United States trial involving 100 autonomous XC90s being used as driverless taxis in the Pittsburgh area, Volvo has signed an agreement with Uber to supply the taxi firm with 24,000 self-driving XC90s from 2019.

Volvo plans to use the same vehicles to develop its own independent autonomous auto strategy and is planning to launch its first fully autonomous auto in 2021.

Uber is one of the many non-automotive businesses that is now involved in the development of autonomous technology together with tech giants such as Apple or Google - with the latter actually suing Uber over some intellectual theft. As reported in The Engineer in August 2016, they agreed to jointly invest $300m in a project to put a fleet of up to 100 autonomous taxis on the streets of Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania.

"The automotive industry is being disrupted by technology and Volvo Cars chooses to be an active part of that disruption", said Volvo Cars CEO Hakan Samuelsson. XC90 is believed to be a Level 3 autonomous vehicle. The firm has also announced plans to carry out one of the largest and most extensive autonomous driving trials in the United Kingdom, through a separate project known as Drive Me London.

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

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Uber intends to go tough on it's rival, Lyft's autonomous cars fleet with this deal.

Uber plans to buy up to 24,000 self-driving cars from Volvo as the ride-booking app and ride-hailing app looks towards automation.

Volvo said in a statement that it would provide the San Francisco-based ride-sharing company with its XC90 premium SUVs complete with autonomous driving technologies, from 2019 until 2021.

The self-driving system that would be used in the Volvo cars - which have yet to be built - is under development by Uber's Advanced Technologies Group. The Financial Times estimates the purchase could be worth as much as £1.1bn to Chinese-owned Volvo.

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