Uber adding 24000 self-driving Volvo XC90s to its fleet

Volvo and Uber expand tie-up in race to dominate self-driving cars

Uber has already demonstrated its self-driving auto technology many times and it's now ramping up its efforts to create its very own driverless vehicle fleet.

The base vehicles Volvo will supply incorporates all Volvo's safety and core autonomous capabilities, on top of which Uber will add its own technology to meet its specific needs.

But the non-exclusive nature of the agreement means Volvo will continue developing its own autonomous systems, independent of Uber.

Either way, the new deal proves that Uber is serious about self-driving tech.

"This new agreement puts us on a path toward mass-produced, self-driving vehicles at scale", Uber's Miller said, according to Bloomberg.

Uber has already been experimenting with driverless technology in the U.S., but this massive investment in hardware represents a big change in direction and the first such purchase by a ride-hailing provider.

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Uber just made a deal that will boost its self-driving efforts in a big way as well as signal a shift in the way the company operates.

Volvo boss Håkan Samuelsson said its aim is "to be the supplier of choice for autonomous-driving, ride-sharing service providers globally".

The company Uber will purchase 24,000 crossover Volvo XC90, which are already tested as taxis in the States of Arizona and Pennsylvania.

Without the cost of having to pay a driver, self-driving taxis are expected to cost significantly less than traditional taxi and Uber rides. Although those cars are self-driving, they still have an engineer present behind the wheel, ready to take control.

Volvo, which is on track for a fourth consecutive year of record sales, appears very pleased with the deal which helps pad their reputation in the world of automation, as well as their wallets. Uber has also been in talks with SoftBank for a potential $10 billion investment, so this makes Uber's future look strong for the investment.

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