Volvo and Uber reveal a car capable of autonomous driving
Having entered a joint engineering agreement three years ago, Volvo cars, a leader in automotive safety and Uber a prevailing transportation network have presented a variant of the XC90 SUV that in combination with Uber’s self-driving system can drive itself.
On June 12, 2019, Volvo debuted the first production car that in combination with Uber’s self-driving system is capable of fully driving itself. The most important features of Volvo Cars’ autonomous drive-ready production vehicle include several back-up systems for both steering and braking functions, as well as battery back-up power. If any of the primary systems should fail for some reason, the back-up systems are designed to immediately act to bring the car to a stop. In addition to Volvo’s built-in back-up systems, an array of sensors atop and built into the vehicle are designed for Uber’s self-driving system to safely operate and manoeuvre in an urban environment. When paired with Volvo’s vehicle platform, Uber’s self-driving system may one day allow for safe, reliable autonomous ridesharing without the need for a driver .
Volvo Cars plan to use a similar autonomous base vehicle concept for the introduction of its future autonomous drive cars in the early 2020s. These technologies, to be introduced on the next generation of Volvo models based on the SPA2 vehicle architecture, will include features designed to enable unsupervised autonomous drive in clearly designated areas such as highways and ring roads. Volvo Cars believes autonomous drive can generate significant potential road safety benefits for society as a whole when all cars are autonomous. Until that moment, the technology can offer customers a better driving experience by taking away mundane tasks such as stop-start driving in traffic jams.
Volvo Cars believe that mobility should be safer, sustainable and more convenient. Future Volvo cars will be able to navigate without human input, equipped with sensors that read the surroundings, adapting to changing traffic conditions. Unsupervised autonomous cars will revolutionise society, boost global economies and transform the way we manage our time. It is predicted that the first Volvo unsupervised autonomous vehicles will be in the market by 2021. So keep an eye out for a Volvo self driving car.