November 25, 2017
Uber is Buying 24,000 Self-Driving Volvo SUVs by 2021
We’ve known that Uber has been experimenting with various ways of implementing self-driving cars into its fleet. The ride-hailing company is taking the next step towards autonomous driving by inking a deal with Volvo to purchase thousands of self-driving vehicles.
Uber signed a non-binding agreement with Volvo to purchase up to 24,000 autonomous XC90 SUVs between 2019-2021. Uber has been working with Volvo for three years to develop custom vehicles for its fleet. Uber’s head of auto alliances said “This new agreement puts us on a path towards mass produced self-driving vehicles at scale.”
Uber isn’t just working on driverless vehicles. It’s also working on developing a fleet of driverless flying taxis. The company wants its first prototype flying taxi service, called UberAir, ready to go by 2020.
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