Uber And Volvo Unveil Production-Ready, Fully Autonomous XC90

As part of a partnership that started in 2016, Volvo and Uber have presented an autonomous XC90. Jointly developed by the two companies, it’s a production ready model equipped with smart systems that allow it to drive on its own.

The Swedish SUV has been fitted with what the Swedish automaker calls “key safety features” that have allowed the ride-hailing firm to easily install their own self-driving system.

Safety is paramount for Volvo, so the vehicle gets several back-up systems for steering and braking, as well as battery back-up power. In case something goes wrong with the primary systems, these will bring the XC90 to a stop immediately. Some of the sensors mounted on top and built into the SUV facilitate self-driving in urban environments.

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“Working in close cooperation with companies like Volvo is a key ingredient to effectively building a safe, scalable, self-driving fleet”, said Uber Advanced Technologies Group’s CEO, Eric Meyhofer. “Volvo has long been known for its commitment to safety, which is the cornerstone of its newest production-ready, self-driving base vehicle. When paired with our self-driving technology, this vehicle will be a key ingredient in Uber’s autonomous product suit.”

The joint agreement is beneficial for both companies. Volvo will launch self-driving cars in the early 2020s and wants to become a major player in this segment, while Uber’s goal is to offer reliable autonomous ride sharing without the need of a Mission Specialist.

“We believe autonomous-drive technology will allow us to further improve safety, the foundation of our company”, commented Volvo’s CEO, Hakan Samuelsson. “By the middle of 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.”

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  • I already hated how the XC90 “saves me” on the road, not a fan of the idea of a car driving me without being able to take control.

  • Alduin

    Who cares? Uber and Volvo suck.

  • TRB0T0Y

    What a shame that Volvo would associate itself with such an awful, amoral company such as UBER.
    It is bad enough that UBER drivers think putting on the flashers gives them carte blanche to just stop and wait anywhere. And now this?… … “In case something goes wrong with the primary systems, these will bring the XC90 to a stop immediately.” … … Next, all of us drivers who actually drive will have to be on the look out for these autonomous Volvos just slamming on the brakes because of a computer glitch.

  • Bob

    Is this just like the one they used to kill that poor homeless woman?

    • 2PacOfCarscoop

      She had it coming, anyway….

      • ErnieB


      • TRB0T0Y

        Let’s not blame the poor lady. Hey we’ve all jaywalked once in our lives. But none of us signed up to be the human guinea pigs for UBERs on-road ‘testing’.
        No… UBER had it coming. Horrendous ethics, complete disregard for other motorists/pedestrians… Disabling the automatic emergency braking system, turning off Volvo’s warning systems, hiring the laziest scum of society… the list goes on and on.

  • Bart

    So, they presented a fully autonomous car, that’s not really autonomous yet, but will be in the early 2020s, perhaps, maybe.

    Sort of “feature complete, but see the small print” bollocks from Tesla.
    Expected better from Volvo.

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