Uber and Volvo Partnered to Present a Production-Ready Self-Driving Vehicle
Autonomous driving is always an interesting subject to explore, whether it’s the technology behind self-driving vehicles or the concerns around safety. Many automakers are vying for the top spot when it comes to “who to trust” with this innovative tech. To get a step ahead of its competition, Volvo recently partnered with Uber to present a production-ready self-driving vehicle.
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As a leader in automotive safety with its IntelliSafe technology, Volvo teamed up in 2016 with another top company, Uber, to develop the car of the future. The two companies entered a joint engineering agreement and have developed many prototypes ever since, specifically geared towards their self-driving car initiative. Fast forward three years and these smart brands have debuted the fully self-driving Volvo XC90.
The XC90 is already equipped with the safety features necessary to integrate Uber’s self-driving system, allowing the vehicle to do all of the work while you relax with peace of mind. The several systems on the SUV make it able to steer, brake, and even store back-up battery power. Even more reassuring is that if the primary systems fail at any time, the back-up systems were designed to bring the vehicle to a safe and immediate stop.
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This vehicular innovation is just one step toward a fully autonomous future, according to the executives at Volvo. “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.”