Volvo and Uber Launch Self-Driving Pilot

Volvo Cars and Uber, the ride-sharing technology company, recently announced a collaboration on the expansion of Uber's self-driving pilot in San Francisco, California. In the pilot, Uber will use specially converted self-driving Volvo XC90 premium SUVs. After purchasing the XC90 SUVs from Volvo, Uber then installed its own self-driving hardware and software packages.

The alliance with Uber, which began in August 2016 when the two companies established a jointly-owned project to build base vehicles for driverless technology development, represents one part of Volvo's three-part plan to develop autonomous driving technologies.

According to the press release, part two is a joint venture with Autoliv to set up a new company to design and manufacturer separately-branded AD and driver assistance software technology packages for sale to third party OEMs. Part three is the ongoing relationship with Uber which reduces Volvo’s developments costs and gives it a chance to develop cutting edge technology.

“The promise of self-driving ride sharing is becoming a reality,” said Mårten Levenstam, vice president product planning at Volvo Cars. “Volvo is proud to be at the forefront of the latest developments in the automotive world alongside our partners at Uber.”

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