Uber makes a deal of 24000 Volvo XC90S for the driverless fleet

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The XC90s, priced from $46,900 at USA dealers, will be delivered from 2019 to 2021 in the first commercial purchase by a ride-hailing provider, Volvo said in a statement Monday.

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.

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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.

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