Volvo’s XC60 is built on the automaker’s Scalable Product Architecture, the same as what will be used for the vehicles developed for Uber.
Volvo Cars has announced an agreement with Uber to sell base vehicles compatible with autonomous driving to the ride-sharing company between 2019 and 2021.
An exact number was not provided, but the Swedish automaker did say “tens of thousands” of the vehicles would be sold under the non-exclusive agreement. The cars will be developed on Volvo’s fully modular, in-house developed Scalable Product Architecture, which is also being used on the company’s top-of-the-line 90 series.
“The automotive industry is being disrupted by technology and Volvo Cars chooses to be an active part of that disruption,” said Håkan Samuelsson, president and chief executive officer at Volvo. “Our aim is to be the supplier of choice for AD ride-sharing service providers globally.
“We’re thrilled to expand our partnership with Volvo,” said Jeff Miller, Head of Auto Alliances, Uber. “This new agreement puts us on a path towards mass produced self-driving vehicles at scale.”
Volvo also said it plans to use the same base vehicle supplied to Uber in its own development of an autonomous strategy. It plans to release its first fully self-driving car in 2021.