Uber buys 24000 Volvo SUVs to build driverless taxi service

Volvo Cars and Uber join forces to develop autonomous driving cars

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).

Geely-owned Volvo said in a statement on Monday it would provide Uber with its flagship XC90 SUVs equipped with autonomous technology as part of a non-exclusive deal from 2019 to 2021.

Volvo XC90 comes with wide range of features like Pilot Assist 2, Power Pulse, Volvo On Call app and can get to speeds of up to 130km/hr.

According to a patent, which describes a "sensory stimulation system for autonomous vehicles", Uber plans to use vibrating and moving seats, the flow of air targeting the face or other part of the body, and light bars and screens to prevent passengers from feeling travel sick. Normally while classifying autonomous cars there are six levels of automation which generally define the level of automation employed.

"This new agreement puts us on a path towards mass-produced self-driving vehicles at scale", added Jeff Miller, head of Auto Alliances at Uber. He further said world will become much faster after their full inclusion into the modern life. The company has been involved in a legal battle with Google's parent company, Alphabet Inc, following allegations Uber stole the design of its self-driving system.




Not to forget Uber has had fights with its driver community and this interesting deal with Volvo could help Uber to take a new turn in future.

Uber has already been testing 100 self-driving XC90s since 2016 in Pittsburgh.

That said, an end to our vehicle sickness woes could finally be in sight if a patent filed by ride-hailing company Uber is anything to go by.

Volvo has signed a framework agreement with Uber to supply "tens of thousands" of autonomous driving-compatible base vehicles between 2019 and 2021. Uber, the ride-hailing company, is in the process of acquiring 24,000 Volvo cars to beef up its self-driving fleet.

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

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