Volvo Cars and Uber are to jointly develop new base vehicles that will be able to incorporate the latest developments in AD technologies, up to and including fully autonomous driving. The base vehicles will be manufactured by Volvo Cars and then purchased by Uber. Volvo Cars and Uber are contributing a combined US$300m to the project.
Both Uber and Volvo will use the same base vehicle for the next stage of their own autonomous car strategies. This will involve Uber adding its own self-developed autonomous driving systems to the Volvo Scalable Product Architecture (SPA). Volvo will use the same base vehicle for the next stage of its own autonomous car strategy, which will involve fully autonomous driving.
Development work will be conducted by Volvo Cars and Uber engineers in close collaboration. This project will further add to the scalability of the SPA platform to include all the safety, redundancy and new features required to have autonomous vehicles on the road.
August 25, 2016