Tilak Marupilla
Tilak Marupilla
Electronics and Communication
21 Nov 2017

Uber inks deal with Volvo for 24000 self-driving cars

Uber is betting on self-driving cars by inking the deal with Volvo to deliver 24000 XC90 SUVs, making it the biggest deal in the autonomous cars industry. The updated premium versions of XC90 SUVs will be delivered to Uber in between 2019-2021. This deal could potentially revamp the existing business model in future for a new autonomous taxi riding service.

Volvo XC90 comes with wide range of features like Pilot Assist 2, Power Pulse, Volvo On Call app and can get to speeds of up to 130km/hr. XC90 is believed to be a Level 3 autonomous vehicle. Normally while classifying autonomous cars there are six levels of automation which generally define the level of automation employed. Level 3 stands for conditional automation where active monitoring is done and car can steer, accelerate, and brake in certain circumstances. Level 4 and 5 are more advanced and are the real self-driving cars. Google’s self-driving car Waymo is of Level 4 grade.

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Jeff Miller, Head of Auto Alliances, Uber was quoted saying that it is great to see many automotive companies chasing this difficult problem of self-driving cars. He further said world will become much faster after their full inclusion into the modern life.​

Uber intends to go tough on it's rival, Lyft’s autonomous cars fleet with this deal. Uber has returned into the self-driving cars game after it was sued by its rival Waymo for trade secret theft. Not to forget Uber has had fights with its driver community and this interesting deal with Volvo could help Uber to take a new turn in future.

The ultimate aim of Uber is a completely self-driving car, while this technology is not yet perfected and even the government’s policy may affect it, it would be interesting on how all will blend to give a comfortable journey to the users in future.

Source: Volvo | Fortune

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