VOLVO CARS AND UBER REVEAL PRODUCTION VEHICLE READY FOR SELF-DRIVING DUTIES
Volvo Cars and Uber have revealed a jointly developed production car capable of driving by itself. The XC90 base vehicle comes equipped with built-in safety systems with Uber able to install its own self-driving system on top. The safety features include several backup systems for both steering and braking functions as well as battery backup power. If any of the primary systems should fail for some reason, the backup systems are designed to immediately act to bring the car to a stop.
In addition to Volvo’s built-in backup systems, an array of sensors atop and built into the vehicle are designed for Uber’s self-driving system to safely operate in an urban environment.
The autonomous drive-capable production vehicle is part of Volvo Cars’ agreement with Uber for the delivery of tens of thousands of autonomous drive-ready base cars in coming years.
“Working in close cooperation with companies like Volvo is a key ingredient to effectively building a safe, scalable, selfdriving fleet,” said Eric Meyhofer, CEO of Uber Advanced Technologies Group.
“Volvo has long been known for their commitment to safety, which is the cornerstone of their newest productionready self-driving base vehicle. When paired with our selfdriving technology, this vehicle will be a key ingredient in Uber’s autonomous product suite.”
10 Jul 2019