More than 20000 Self-Driving Volvo XC90s heading for UBER

Volvo and Uber expand tie-up in race to dominate self-driving cars

Moreover, the agreement has showed that Uber is pushing on with the development of its autonomous cars programme, in spite a legal feud with Google's sister company, Waymo.

The new XC90s that Uber is sourcing from Volvo will be more advanced in their self-driving abilities compared to the existing test cars.

According to a new report from Bloomberg, Uber has placed an order for 24,000 Volvo XC90 SUVs. The agreement calls for the company to supply the ride-hailing firm with base model vehicles that come from the factory with "core" autonomous driving technology installed.

The first taxis from the deal will be built in Volvo's factory in Sweden but the company plans to produce the vehicles in the U.S. China's Volvo is also building a new factory just outside Charleston, South Carolina.

"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 of Volvo in a statement.

The agreement marks a bold step forward for Uber, both for its autonomous program and its overall operational strategy.




Uber aims to eventually give driver-free passenger rides, which is the only way such a service would be economically feasible. Uber already uses Volvo's XC90 as the testbed for its self-driving system, which is now undergoing trials in Arizona and Pittsburgh.

She said the new agreement puts Uber on the path toward rolling out mass-produced autonomous cars at scale.

How long do you think it will be before autonomous auto make driving redundant? Delivery of the vehicles is set to begin in 2019, with Uber calling up vehicles each month through 2021.

Volvo isn't going to do anything on the self-driving front.

This goes to show that Uber is well on its way to roll out its own self-driving ride-hailing service. Uber's US$70 billion valuation already puts the group nearly on a par with Mercedes-Benz parent company Daimler.

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