Volvo and Uber have announced that they have created a production ready self driving car, the two companies have been working together on the project since 2016.
The vehicle is based on the latest version of the Volvo XC90 and the video below gives us a look at the car and some if its technology.
“We believe autonomous drive technology will allow us to further improve safety, the foundation of our company,” said Håkan Samuelsson, president and chief executive of Volvo Cars. “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.”
“Working in close cooperation with companies like Volvo is a key ingredient to effectively building a safe, scalable, self-driving fleet,” said Eric Meyhofer, CEO of Uber Advanced Technologies Group. “Volvo has long been known for their commitment to safety, which is the cornerstone of their 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.”
As we can see from the video the standard Volvo XC90 has been modified with additional technology that the two companies have created to enable the self driving car.
Volvo has said that they plan to use similar self driving vehicle concpets and introduce their first self driving commercial cars in the early 2020s. You can find out more information about Volvo self driving car at the link below.