Uber could work around rules governing workers' rights by running driverless cars.
Uber and Volvo have not disclosed financial terms, but have confirmed that the deal is "non-exclusive" - meaning both are free to form similar partnerships with others. Under the agreement, Uber plans to purchase tens of thousands of self-driving Volvos once the technology is production-ready, putting the vehicles into its extensive ride-hailing network.
In addition to this, Volvo engineers have been closely working with Uber in order to manufacture a baseline vehicle with driverless technology built in its heart.
Swedish automaker Volvo in the contract will put Uber at about 24,000 vehicles equipped with unmanned technologies.Читайте также: New teaser offers first glimpse into 'Fantastic Beasts' sequel, reveals title
Uber's new fleet of XC90s will go further than the existing test vehicles, in that they will incorporate redundant systems for braking and steering that will allow them to operate without a human safety driver on board. "Our aim is to be the supplier of choice for [autonomous driving] ride-sharing service providers globally". On top of all that, Uber is embroiled in a lawsuit with Google's Waymo, which accused it of stealing key self-driving tech.
Uber is already testing 200 of the automaker's cars in San Francisco, Pittsburgh and Tempe, Ariz.
"It only becomes a commercial business when you can remove that vehicle operator from the equation", Jeff Miller, Uber's head of automotive alliances, told Reuters.
Waymo, the Google self-driving vehicle spinoff, recently announced that some of its self-driving minivans are already running around Phoenix without a human inside; within months, the company is planning on using those fully self-driving cars to launch a ride-hailing service in the city. Uber has also been in talks with SoftBank for a potential $10 billion investment, so this makes Uber's future look strong for the investment.При любом использовании материалов сайта и дочерних проектов, гиперссылка на обязательна.
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