Volvo and Uber have developed a fully autonomous vehicle which could enable safe, reliable autonomous ridesharing without the need for a driver. This is part of the join agreement signed between the companies in 2016, which includes engineering collaboration and the future delivery of driverless vehicles.
The Volvo X90 SUV is equipped with key safety features that allow Uber to install its own self-driving system, enabling the possible future deployment of self-driving cars in Uber’s network as an autonomous, ridesharing service.
The most important features of Volvo Cars’ autonomous drive-ready production vehicle include several back-up systems for both steering and braking functions, as well as battery back-up.
If any of the primary systems should fail for some reason, the back-up systems are designed to immediately act to bring the car to a safe stop.
In addition to Volvo’s built-in back-up system, an array of sensors atop and built into the vehicle are designed for Uber’s self-driving system to safely operate and manoeuvre in an urban environment.
Eric Meyhofer, CEO of Uber Advanced Technologies Group, added, “Working in close co-operation with companies such as Volvo, is a key ingredient to effectively building a safe, scalable, self-driving fleet. Volvo has long been known for its commitment to safety, which is the cornerstone of its newest production-ready self-driving technology. This vehicle will be a key ingredient in Uber’s autonomous product suite.