Thursday, 14 December, 2017

Uber buys fleet of 24000 driverless cars from Volvo

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Kelvin Reese | 22 November, 2017, 01:12

Self-driving vehicles are seen by many people as the obvious future for ride-sharing companies such as Uber, but moving to a driverless model may prove politically hard given that hundreds of thousands or possibly more than a million people drive for Uber on a regular or occasional basis in the US alone. "Our aim is to be the supplier of choice for AD (autonomous driving) ride-sharing service providers globally". On Monday Uber one of the largest deals for autonomous vehicles was blown away by Uber, ordering 24,000 motor-vehicles from Volvo- a shift that's hoped to change the aspect of reality in the sphere of autonomous cars on the streets of America.

The non-binding framework deal builds on a relationship of almost three years between San Francisco-based Uber and the car-maker. The base vehicles incorporate all the necessary safety, redundancy and core autonomous-driving technologies that are required for Uber to add its own self-driving technology.

Everything that Uber is doing now is about building self-driving vehicles at scale, says Jeff Miller the head of automotive alliances at Uber.

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Volvo engineers worked closely with their counterparts at Uber to develop these XC90 SUVs. Uber proposes using either "light bars" mounted in the ceiling or doors, or screens around the cabin, to show the vehicle's intentions so that passengers know when the auto is about to turn, accelerate or brake.

Though this experimental process will depend on the policymakers of the municipal cooperation, those have dealt with the ride-hailing companies like that of Uber for over years.

When we no longer have to drive our own cars, we'll all become passengers with very different expectations of what we want from our vehicles. Many younger consumers are ready to embrace autonomous vehicle features, but older consumers may need the reassurance that the Volvo brand provides to try out self-driving vehicles.

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