Volvo Cars has announced it is selling tens of thousands of self-driving vehicles to Uber. The agreement calls for the company to supply the ride-hailing firm with base model vehicles that come from the factory with “core” autonomous driving technology installed.
According to Volvo, the company will begin supplying Uber with vehicles in 2019 and will continue to do so through 2021. The agreement between the two firms is non-exclusive and Uber is pointing out that it will be putting its own self-driving technology on top of the “core” fitted by Volvo at the factory. Subsequently, Volvo will continue developing its own self-driving technology independent of Uber.
This agreement is a continuation of a relationship between the two firms that began back in 2016 when Volvo began supplying Uber with vehicles to use for self-driving tech testing.