General Motors has revealed it will develop autonomous Chevrolet Bolt EVs for Lyft to use, Ford has just announced it will build an autonomous ride-sharing model in 2021 and here comes Volvo partnering with Uber.
Sweden’s Volvo Cars, a subsidiary of China’s Geely, has just announced it will partner with Uber to produce a fleet of autonomous ride-sharing vehicles. This is a $300 million project that will see Volvo developing and producing the driverless models, which will be subsequently acquired by Uber for use in its ride-sharing fleet. The autonomous car will use the same underpinnings as the Volvo Scalable Platform Architecture (SPA) platform that translated into the XC90, S90, and V90 models. Volvo will also market a version, while Uber will take the vehicle and implement “its own self-developed autonomous driving systems.”
We’re still unsure if Volvo is going to produce an entirely new model on the SPA platform, as the images depict an XC90 crossover packing the self-driving systems and branded with Uber’s marketing logos. Volvo did say the SPA platform would receive updates in order to encompass “all needed safety, redundancy and new features required” for autonomous driving. Volvo and Uber said their engineers will closely work together and the collaboration is a long-term project. Volvo already has numerous developments in the autonomous field – with fleets of semi-autonomous XC90 crossovers in Sweden, the UK and China.