If you’re thinking about making ends meet as an Uber driver that might not be a good long-term career option with the ride-hailing services moving quickly towards becoming a self-driving car business.
Volvo Cars has just announced that it has signed a framework agreement with Uber to sell tens of thousands of autonomous driving-compatible vehicles between 2019 and 2021.
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The still unnamed self-driving vehicles will be a new offering from Volvo, built on the same platform as existing cars like the XC60.
To get the tech up to speed, Volvo and Uber are now putting a fleet of modified XC90 SUVs (seen above and below) to work.
And Volvo say the new self-driving model won’t be exclusive to Uber and the deal won’t impact their own goal of having fully autonomous cars available to the public from around 2021.
“The automotive industry is being disrupted by technology, and Volvo Cars chooses to be an active part of that disruption,” said Håkan Samuelsson, President and Chief Executive of Volvo Cars.
“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.”
“We’re thrilled to expand our partnership with Volvo,” said Jeff Miller, Head of Auto Alliances, Uber.
“This new agreement puts us on a path towards mass-produced self-driving vehicles at scale.”
We will keep you updated as further details come to hand.
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