Uber orders 24.000 Volvo XC90s for autonomous fleet
Uber, worldwide operating transportation technology company, has ordered 24.000 Volvo XC90s with the Swedish-Chinese car manufacturer for its future autonomous driving fleet.
The cars will be build on the Volvo’s SPA platform (Scalable Product Architecture) for bigger cars like the XC90 SUV and will be delivered between 2019 and 2021. Volvo didn’t say how many cars are included in the deal, but news agency Bloomberg claims to know it will be 24.000, totaling a catalogue value of 1 billion euro.
Already 100 in Pittsburgh
Today Uber already has 100 Volvo XC90s equipped with sensors and software to make autonomous driving possible, driving around Pittsburgh (USA). Volvo, owned by Chinese car manufacturer Geely, is working closely together with Uber to develop the self-driving technology and will accelerate this way its own development.
Uber also has made a deal earlier with Daimler to use Mercedes-Benz autonomous cars at any time. “The more people are working on the problem, the sooner we’ll have better, safer and more reliable systems”, Jeff Miller, head of the car alliances at Uber says.