Washington, November 20 (EFE) .- The Swedish automaker Volvo announced today that it has signed a framework agreement with Uber for the sale between 2019 and 2021 of "thousands" of vehicles compatible with Autonomous driving.
Volvo said in a statement that the base vehicles of the agreement are being developed using Scalable Product Architecture (SPA). in English) of the brand and which is currently used to produce the vehicles of the 90 series as well as the new SUV XC60 SUVs.
The base vehicle incorporates all the systems necessary for Uber to add its own autonomous driving technology.
The company added that its engineers have worked with Uber to develop an SUV XC90 SUV which will be supplied to the shared transport company.
Volvo President Hakan Samuelsson stated that his goal is "to be the main supplier for transport companies. shared with autonomous driving from around the world. Uber Automobile said that this new agreement puts them "on the path of mass production at the scale of autonomous driving vehicles".
Volvo also indicated that it will use the same base vehicles that will provide Uber to develop its own "independent autonomous vehicles strategy" and that will allow in 2021 the commercialization of its first car fully autonomous.
In August 2016, Volvo and Uber signed an agreement, valued at 300 million dollars, for the joint development of autonomous vehicles.
The two companies They said that today's agreement "improves" the strategic partnership announced last year.