Volvo and Uber tie-up for autonomous cars
New agreement says Uber's autonomous cars will be built on Volvo's SPA platform
Electrification and autonomous driving tech are two areas that are generating a lot of interest in the automotive sphere right now. Most major car manufacturers have been investing billions into developing their own autonomous tech. This also includes Uber, which has been privately developing its own tech to drive the taxis of the future.
Uber and Volvo have signed an agreement which will give the ride-share company access to autonomous driving-ready vehicle built on Volvo’s Scalable Product Architecture – the same platform that the new XC60 and XC90 are built on. The project has been in the works for a while now and the results should be something to watch out for.
“The automotive industry is being disrupted by technology and Volvo Cars chooses to be an active part of that disruption. Our aim is to be the supplier of choice for AD ride-sharing service providers globally. Today’s agreement with Uber is a primary example of that strategic direction” said Håkan Samuelsson, president and chief executive, Volvo.
“We’re thrilled to expand our partnership with Volvo. This new agreement puts us on a path towards mass produced self-driving vehicles at scale” said Jeff Miller, Head of Auto Alliances, Uber.
A few months back Uber was seen testing its autonomous technology in a Ford. This was only an early prototype and even had a technician present in the passenger seat at all times, just in case. Uber has been competing with industry majors like Tesla, Mercedes, BMW, Audi, Ford, etc. for a while now. The partnership with Volvo might just give the company an edge since the only area where it has been lacking so far is in not being an automobile manufacturer.