Cars and Uber are to join forces to develop next generation autonomous driving
cars. The two companies have signed an agreement to establish a joint project
that will develop new base vehicles that will be able to incorporate the latest
developments in AD technologies, up to and including fully autonomous
driverless cars. The base vehicles will be manufactured by Volvo Cars and then
purchased from Volvo by Uber. Volvo Cars and Uber are contributing a combined
USD 300M (Rs 2004 crore approx.) to the project.
Uber and Volvo will use the same base vehicle for the next stage of their own
autonomous car strategies. This will involve Uber adding its own self-developed
autonomous driving systems to the Volvo base vehicle. Volvo will use the same
base vehicle for the next stage of its own autonomous car strategy, which will
involve fully autonomous driving.
Volvo-Uber project marks a significant step in the automotive business
with a car manufacturer joining forces
with a new Silicon Valley-based entrant to the car industry, underlining the
way in which the global automotive industry is evolving in response to the
advent of new technologies.
new base vehicle will be developed on Volvo Cars’ fully modular Scalable
Product Architecture (SPA). SPA is one of the most advanced car architectures
in the world and is currently used on Volvo Cars’ top-of-the-line multiple
award winning XC90 SUV, as well as the S90 premium sedan and V90 premium
has been developed as part of Volvo Cars’ USD11bn global industrial transformation
programme, which started in 2010, and has been prepared from the outset for the
latest autonomous drive technologies as well as next generation electrification
and connectivity developments. It is these capabilities that attracted Uber to
development work will be conducted by Volvo Cars engineers and Uber engineers
in close collaboration. This project will further add to the scalability of the
SPA platform to include all needed safety, redundancy and new features required
to have autonomous vehicles on the road.
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