Volvo Cars and Uber join together to develop autonomous driving cars
Volvo Cars, the Swedish premium car maker, and Uber, the world’s leading ride-sharing company, are to join forces to develop next generation autonomous driving cars.
The two companies have signed an agreement to establish a joint project that will develop new base vehicles that will be able to incorporate the latest developments in AD technologies, up to and including fully autonomous driverless cars. The base vehicles will be manufactured by Volvo Cars and then purchased from Volvo by Uber. Volvo Cars and Uber are contributing a combined USD 300M to the project.
Both Uber and Volvo will use the same base vehicle for the next stage of their own autonomous car strategies. This will involve Uber adding its own self-developed autonomous driving systems to the Volvo base vehicle. Volvo will use the same base vehicle for the next stage of its own autonomous car strategy, which will involve fully autonomous driving.
The Volvo-Uber project marks a significant step in the automotive business with a car manufacturer joining forces with a new Silicon Valley-based entrant to the car industry, underlining the way in which the global automotive industry is evolving in response to the advent of new technologies. The alliance marks the beginning of what both companies view as a longer term industrial partnership.
Håkan Samuelsson, president and chief executive of Volvo Cars, said: “Volvo is one of the most progressive and contemporary car makers in the world. It is a world leader in the development of active safety and autonomous drive technology and possesses an unrivaled safety credibility. We are very proud to be the partner of choice for Uber, one of the world’s leading technology companies. This alliance places Volvo at the heart of the current technological revolution in the automotive industry.”
The new base vehicle will be developed on Volvo Cars’ fully modular Scalable Product Architecture (SPA). SPA is one of the most advanced car architectures in the world and is currently used on Volvo Cars’ top-of-the-line multiple award winning XC90 SUV, as well as the S90 premium sedan and V90 premium estate.
SPA has been developed as part of Volvo Cars’ USD11bn global industrial transformation program, which started in 2010, and has been prepared from the outset for the latest autonomous drive technologies as well as next generation electrification and connectivity developments. It is these capabilities that attracted Uber to Volvo.
The development work will be conducted by Volvo Cars engineers and Uber engineers in close collaboration. This project will further add to the scalability of the SPA platform to include all needed safety, redundancy and new features required to have autonomous vehicles on the road.
Travis Kalanick, Uber’s chief executive, said: “over one million people die in car accidents every year. These are tragedies that self-driving technology can help solve, but we can’t do this alone. That’s why our partnership with a great manufacturer like Volvo is so important. Volvo is a leader in vehicle development and best-in-class when it comes to safety. By combining the capabilities of Uber and Volvo we will get to the future faster, together.”
All-New Polestar Pricing Announced in Canada
RICHMOND HILL, ON. (July 5th, 2016.) Volvo Car Canada Ltd. has announced pricing for the 2017 S60 & V60 Polestars. The S60 Polestar is priced at $67,050, the V60 Polestar is priced at $69,000 with each vehicle featuring an all-new, modified, version of the award-winning Drive-E powertrain. Each Polestar vehicle is fully loaded with no option packages available, offering an all-in-one pricing package of high performance.
The Polestar vehicles offer advancements in both power and precision. At the heart of the vehicles is a 2.0 litre T6 twin-charged Drive-E engine, boasting 367 horsepower and 347 lb.-ft of torque. The V60 sprints from 0-100km/h in 4.8 seconds and the S60 in 4.7 seconds. Both vehicles are powered by a BordWarner four-wheel drive system and an optimized Polestar eight-speed Geartronic automatic gearbox.
The S60 & V60 Polestar ensure that the driver is in total control with all-new Polestar calibrated electro-assisted power steering, 20” rims and new slotted brake discs. Additional specifications include: new connecting rods, new camshafts, a larger air intake and high capacity fuel pump.
Globally, 1000 units of the S60 & V60 Polestar will be produced and will be available in 34 markets. The 2017 Polestar vehicles will be available in Canada September, 2016.
Volvo Opens New York City Pop Up Store
ROCKELIGH, NJ (June 24, 2016) -- Volvo Car USA (VCUSA) officially opened its temporary pop up store in Manhattan’s Meatpacking District. Now through July 4th, the store will feature its new flagship luxury sedan, the all-new S90.
Customers and those interested in the new Volvo S90 will be able to meet product specialists and experience advanced connectivity features such as Apple CarPlay and the Volvo On Call app which enables you to remotely start your car with both Apple Watch and fingerprint touch on iPhone 6s.
“This pop up store allows us to showcase our new S90 flagship sedan and our brand, which is going through a significant transformation, to an entire new audience,” said Bodil Eriksson, VP, Product, Marketing, Communication, Volvo Car USA. “The New York metro market is the largest for Volvo so this is a fantastic opportunity for us to meet customers where they are living, working and visiting.”
Widely praised by journalists for its interior and exterior design, the S90 luxury sedan is the first car in the U.S. to feature semi-autonomous drive capabilities standard. The launch of the new S90 forms the second phase in the complete renewal of Volvo’s product range, which began in 2015 with the XC90 SUV. The S90 luxury sedan will arrive at dealerships across the country this summer.
Customers interested in purchasing a S90 can reserve theirs right from the Volvo store or via the Volvo Concierge* and will complete the purchase through their local retailer. For additional information, on the Volvo New York City Pop Up Store, please visit: https://volvos90events.com/
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