Safety has also been taken care of.
Volvo and Uber have experienced many ups and downs in the past three years since both brands announced mutual cooperation. One of the worse was a car accident that Volvo vehicle caused in Las Vegas last year. One pedestrian was killed which strongly discouraged the development of Uber self-driving cabs, but not halted. The vehicle in talk was Volvo XC90, which is also a model both companies now presented to general public.
This is, however, a vehicle which, on arrival from the factory, will not be able to drive autonomously, but will be entrusted with the task of installing the necessary accessories to Uber. But with Volvo, they see this system as an advantage. In applying such a concept, it will be possible to upgrade the latter more quickly and with less intervention, and, as a result, this process will be cheaper.
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However, several upgrades have already been made in the Volvo itself compared to the serial vehicle. This will allow Uber's cars to be fitted with vehicle control, braking and power support systems. These systems will serve as a sort of back-up and will be activated in the event of a malfunction of any of the Uber Systems to ensure the immediate and safe shutdown of the car itself.
“We believe autonomous drive technology will allow us to further improve safety, the foundation of our company,” said Håkan Samuelsson, president and chief executive of Volvo Cars. “By the middle of the next decade we expect one-third of all cars we sell to be fully autonomous. Our agreement with Uber underlines our ambition to be the supplier of choice to the world’s leading ride-hailing companies.”