Strategic Collaboration Milestone for Volvo Cars and Uber
Volvo Cars first ever Autonomous Drive (AD) ready car has entered the next stage of pre-series production at Volvo’s manufacturing plant in Torslanda, Sweden ahead of full production starting later this year. The AD-ready XC90 SUV that was developed together with Uber, the leading ride-hailing firm, marks a key milestone in the strategic collaboration between the two companies.
What is Pre-Series?
Pre series production refers to the stage in the manufacturing process that is undertaken before full-fledged mass scale production. These cars are built in limited numbers for testing and verification purposes.
The autonomous drive-capable production vehicle is part of Volvo Cars’ 2016 commercial agreement with Uber, for the delivery of tens of thousands of autonomous drive-ready base cars in coming years. Since 2016 several prototypes were developed all aimed at accelerating the companies’ self-driving car development.
What can you expect and by when?
The AD-ready XC90 SUV, developed on the SPA2 modular platform will come equipped with features that facilitate the introduction of autonomous drive systems. The car is specifically equipped with back-up systems for functions such as steering, braking and the battery. If any of the primary systems fail, these systems would immediately act to bring the car to a safe stop instead of relying on a human driver to achieve the task.
The XC90 is one of the first autonomous drive-ready cars in the world and previews the type of autonomous base platform that will be available to consumers on SPA2 cars from the early 2020s.