Volvo Partners with Uber for Self-Driving Pilot Launch

Volvo Cars issued a press release today announcing that it is partnering with the ride-sharing technology company, Uber, for the expansion of a self-driving pilot in San Francisco, CA. The pilot will feature specially converted self-driving Volvo XC90 premium SUVs. Uber purchased several of the vehicles from Volvo and then installed its own self-driving hardware and software packages.

This announcement marks the next step in the Volvo-Uber alliance which started when the two companies signed an agreement in August 2016. The agreement established a jointly owned project to develop fully autonomous driverless vehicles. The alliance is one part of Volvo's three-part autonomous driving development plan. Part two is a joint venture with Autoliv to develop and manufacture software technology packages for sale to third party OEMs. According to the press release, the third part is "the ongoing relationship with Uber to build and co-develop base vehicles for AD cars."

“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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