Volvo Cars has signed a framework agreement with Uber that will see it supply tens of thousands of autonomous driving compatible vehicles to the ride-sharing company.
“This new agreement puts us on a path towards mass produced self-driving vehicles at scale.”
The base vehicles to be supplied to Uber – Volvo’s XC90 premium SUVs – incorporate the necessary safety, redundancy and core autonomous driving technologies required for Uber to add its own self-driving technology.
“The automotive industry is being disrupted by technology and Volvo Cars chooses to be an active part of that disruption,” said Volvo president and chief executive Håkan Samuelsson.
“Our aim is to be the supplier of choice for AD ride-sharing service providers globally. Today’s agreement with Uber is a primary example of that strategic direction.”
Jeff Miller, Head of Auto Alliances at Uber, said: “We’re thrilled to expand our partnership with Volvo. This new agreement puts us on a path towards mass produced self-driving vehicles at scale.”
Volvo confirmed that it will also use the same autonomous driving compatible base vehicle as it develops its own autonomous car strategy. The company plans to release its first fully autonomous car in 2021.