Volvo signs deal with Uber for self-driving auto supply

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        By Marc Carter

Swedish carmaker Volvo Cars said Monday it has signed an agreement to supply "tens of thousands" of self-driving cars to Uber, as the ride-sharing company battles a number of different controversies.

Uber has reached an agreement with Volvo to purchase a fleet of driverless cars as the ridesharing firm seeks to deploy autonomous vehicle technology. Volvo intends to use the technologies developed with Uber for its own vehicle production in the future. The Volvo XC90 is already the base of Uber's current self-driving test auto. The exact terms of the deal weren't initially disclosed, but an Uber spokesperson confirmed to Mashable via email that the fleet size will be around 24,000 vehicles.

Uber's initiative to purchase 24,000 speeds up the process to replace human drivers.

Uber partnerships chief Jeff Miller added: "This new agreement puts us on a path towards mass-produced self-driving vehicles at scale". It has been working with Uber for almost three years to develop a base vehicle with core autonomous tech, which the ride-sharing company could then customize as it sees fit.

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Uber is already testing the XC90 in Arizona, San Francisco and Pittsburgh in trials with safety drivers on board to help refine and improve their software.

"It only becomes a commercial business when you can remove that vehicle operator from the equation", Miller said.

This is not Uber's first partnership with Volvo.

If you're thinking about making ends meet as an Uber driver that might not be a good long-term career option with the ride-hailing services moving quickly towards becoming a self-driving vehicle business. "As soon as the technology is ready there is a manufacturing machine that is ready to go and we can push the "make auto button" and we'll have clear path to having tens of thousands of self-driving vehicles on the road". Uber founder Travis Kalanick - who was ousted earlier this year - had estimated that by using fully driverless vehicles the cost of using the service would drop below what it costs to own and operate a private vehicle.

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