Uber’s Fleet Will Soon Be Made Up of Self-Driving Volvos

November 25, 2017

In August of 2016, Volvo Cars and Uber signed an agreement that would see the Swedish car company provide vehicles for  the ride-sharing service. For those wondering what ever happned to that partnership, Volvo Cars recently announced that it would be moving forward and soon supply a base vehicle for Uber.

The agreement, however, isn’t just one that will allow Uber riders to hail luxurious Volvos, mind you. While this is already a treat in itself, Volvo says that its base vehicle will utilize the brand’s vaunted Scalable Product Architecture. This groundbreaking platform is what underpins models like the top-spec 90 Series cars and SUVs, as well as the XC60 compact SUV.

Apart from using SPA, the new Volvo base vehicle will come with a suite of autonomous driving technologies that will allow it to run up to Level 5 self-driving mode. What this means is that the car will be packed with all the necessary tools needed to ensure a safe self-driving vehicle. Moreover, it will also be fitted with all the tools needed to help Uber riders get to their destination safely and stress-free.

Volvo and Uber say that the base vehicles will be rolled out as early as 2019. Furthermore, the two companies plan to field tens of thousands of self-driving Volvos that will service Uber riders between 2019 and 2021. Volvo also intends to unveil its first-ever self-driving model by 2021.

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Mr. Gerard Jude Castillo
Gerard has been a self-confessed car nut ever since he was a little boy. As a grown-up, he indulges in his passion by collecting toy cars (which he started since childhood) and reading up on the latest cars out there.  As Associate Editor, he will ensure that you get your fill of the latest cars in the market, as well as a load of automotive features.