China's Volvo To Supply 24000 Transportation Appliances To Uber

Uber is hoping to make car sickness a thing of the past

According to a patent, which describes a "sensory stimulation system for autonomous vehicles", Uber plans to use vibrating and moving seats, the flow of air targeting the face or other part of the body, and light bars and screens to prevent passengers from feeling travel sick.

The deal builds on a non-exclusive agreement signed back in 2016 by Uber and Volvo, which is expected to release its first self-driving auto in 2021.

The non-binding framework deal builds on a relationship of almost three years between San Francisco-based Uber and the car-maker. Uber would add its own unit to the roof to enable autonomous driving.

"Our goal was from day one to make investments into a vehicle that could be manufactured at scale", Jeff Miller, Uber's head of automotive alliances, said.

Volvo's engineers have worked closely together with engineers from Uber to develop the XC90 SUVs that are to be supplied to Uber.

The deal shows Uber's preparation to own and operate its own fleet of autonomous vehicles.

Pittsburgh Pennsylvania. Uber launched a groundbreaking driverless car service stealing ahead of Detroit auto giants and Silicon Valley rivals with technology that could revolutioniz
Uber started experimenting with self-driving vehicles in 2015

This seems like a major acceleration of the push into self-driving cars. It includes up to 24,000 cars to be delivered between 2019 and 2021 and would give Uber its first fleet of commercial vehicles.

No financial details were disclosed for the purchase, which would be a massive new investment for Uber and mark a change from Uber's long-standing business model where contractor drivers buy or lease and maintain their own cars.

"The automotive industry is being disrupted by technology and Volvo Cars chooses to be an active part of that disruption", said Volvo Cars CEO Hakan Samuelsson.

Though this experimental process will depend on the policymakers of the municipal cooperation, those have dealt with the ride-hailing companies like that of Uber for over years.

The deal signed on Monday sees Uber acquiring 24,000 XC90 SUVs between 2019 and 2021, with the autonomous vehicles destined to be used on US roads alone.

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