Volvo to supply autonomous vehicles to Uber from 2019

Expect 'tens of thousands' of driverless Uber Volvos between 2019-2021

Volvo's goal is to be the go-to supplier for autonomous driving and ride-sharing service providers globally.

Uber has been working with third-party manufacturers of components to build hardware and software for autonomous cars, then worked with Volvo to help outfit the XC90 vehicles of the automaker with that technology.

Not to forget Uber has had fights with its driver community and this interesting deal with Volvo could help Uber to take a new turn in future.

"With the advent of autonomous vehicle technology, rider attention may be focused on alternative activities, such as work, socialising, reading, writing, task-based activities and the like", Uber says in the patent.

Jeff Miller, Head of Auto Alliances, Uber was quoted saying that it is great to see many automotive companies chasing this hard problem of self-driving cars.

Vice president of Volvo for product strategy, Marten Levenstam said, "We think it's better to be part of the potentially disruptive change as opposed to standing on the sidelines and watching it happen".

Monday's deal between Uber and Volvo unveils the beginning of a multibillion-dollar robot uprising that could reshape how people get from one place to another.

Uber's rival Lyft has this year struck a research partnership with Alphabet Inc's (GOOGL.O) unit Waymo and secured deals with Ford Motor Co (F.N) and startups Nutonomy and to incorporate self-driving cars into its fleet.

Volvo, which is Sweden-based and owned by China's Geely Automobile Holdings, said through a prepared statement that Uber and Volvo were each contributing $300 million to this project.

Given that one of the proposed benefits of autonomous vehicles is the ability to claim back commuting time, allowing drivers to do other things while the auto drives them to work, travel sickness could be a barrier to adoption, both for Uber-like services and privately sold self-driving cars.

When you're driving a vehicle, this is generally not a problem.

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