Volvo Cars and Uber Join Forces for Self-Driving Pilot Launch in San Francisco

In a press release from earlier today, Volvo Cars announced that it is joining Uber in the ride-sharing technology company's self-driving pilot expansion. The pilot launches in San Francisco and features specially converted self-driving Volvo XC90 premium SUVs. Volvo sold the SUVs to Uber, which installed its own self-driving hardware and software packages.

The initial alliance between Volvo Cars and Uber began in August 2016 when the two companies established a jointly-owned project to build base vehicles that can be used to develop fully autonomous driverless cars. The cars were first tested in Pittsburgh, PA.

According to the press release, the alliance is one part of Volvo's three-part autonomous driving development plan. Part two is a joint venture with Autoliv develop and sell autonomous driving technologies to third party OEMs. Part three is an ongoing partnership with Uber to "build and co-develop base vehicles for AD cars."

“The promise of self-driving ride sharing is becoming a reality,” said Mårten Levenstam, vice president product planning at Volvo Cars. “Volvo is proud to be at the forefront of the latest developments in the automotive world alongside our partners at Uber.”

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