Volvo has finalized an agreement with Uber to sell the ride sharing company tens of thousands of autonomous vehicles between 2019 and 2021. The vehicles will be built on Volvo’s Scalable Product Architecture (SPA) thats the basis for its 90 series cars, plus new XC60 midsize SUV.
The new agreement enhances the strategic partnership between Volvo and Uber that was announced in August 2016.
“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. “Our aim is to be the supplier of choice for AD ride-sharing service providers globally. Today’s agreement with Uber is a primary example of that strategic direction.”
The base vehicle that Volvo will deliver to Uber will also be used for its first fully autonomous car in 2021.
“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.”