Gothenburg, Sweden - Volvo and Uber have unveiled the production version of their self-driving XC90, representing the next step in the strategic collaboration between the Swedish carmaker and the US ride hailing company.
The joint engineering agreement between the two firms dates back to 2016 and has resulted in several prototypes hitting the streets in various cities across the globe.
The XC90 presented on Wednesday is the first autonomous production car to use Uber’s self-driving system, and according to Volvo it paves the way for “the possible future deployment of self-driving cars in Uber’s network as an autonomous ridesharing service.”
An array of sensors, positioned on top of and within the vehicle, allow it to operate and manoeuvre in urban traffic.
The vehicle also has several back-up systems for the steering and braking, as well as battery back-up power. Should any of the primary systems fail, the back-up will bring the car to an immediate stop, Volvo claims.