Volvo has just announced that from now on will work with Uber, the well-known network of private transport. The ambitious project that will be implemented both companies will be the development of an autonomous vehicle. This is a project that you have behind an investment of 300 million dollars and that has a purpose. What is intended is to create a fleet of vehicles that do not need a driver to transport passengers.
Although it may seem like science-fiction, driving autonomous is already among us. In the coming months you will see some Volvo XC90 as the image shooting only by the roads. In reality, the Swedish brand speaks of that will use the platform SPA (used in the XC90, S90 and V90) for the autonomous car. The idea is that Volvo to provide their vehicle to that Uber will add some driving systems autonomous own.
Still is very early to predict as going to be the new autonomous vehicle. For the moment we will have to make do with the XC90 that we’ve seen, which is equipped with everything necessary to not need a person to drive. We talk about laser systems LIDAR, sensors, cameras and other paraphernalia that is mounted on the roof of the vehicle. The goal is to make a car totally sure, and adapted to their new use.
Although in the first few trips will need a person that monitor it. The fleet of Volvo that will work for Uber will be ready in the next few months. Will begin to operate in the city of Pittsburgh (united States), where they will join the rest of the vehicle operating with the company. This way if a client asks for a car that will be able to touch to travel on these self-employed, because it is chosen randomly. The advantage you have is that the course will be gratis for being in testing phase.
Source – Volvo