Uber to roll out driverless Volvo taxis

Uber has placed a $300 million bet with Volvo that it can eventually replace its tens of thousands of drivers with self-driving vehicles.

The companies told Bloomberg today they have signed a $300 million deal to create sport-utility vehicles that have the capacity to work as taxis that can drive themselves. In the early years, they will still have humans behind the wheel to cope with any surprises.

Uber will buy XC90 SUVs made by Volvo, reports Marketwatch.

Bloomberg reports that in a few weeks, a handful of the custom self-driving cars will be made available to Uber customers to order for free for local rides. By the end of the year, Volvo is expected to deliver 100.

Why Pittsburgh? Uber had already enlisted researchers from the city’s Carnegie Mellon University to work on the concept.

Self-driving cars aren’t a straightforward proposition. Several companies, such as Google, Tesla, and Ford, have been competing to create solutions to problems such as identifying objects to avoid.

Read the full story on Bloomberg.

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  1. Murray Harrold

    Great. Add 10,000 people to the unemployed list. And these are people who may well be on the lowest spoke of fortune’s wheel. Bravo! Great thinking!

     
    • Tony Carne

      Indeed Murray. The unicorn giveth and unicorn taketh away. Turns out what is really mythical is the prospect of an ongoing wage for UBER drivers. Then again they’ve pretty much always said this is the direction they are going. The (independent contractors) drivers themselves can always short circuit the whole thing by not turning on the driver App for a week or two – so long as they can organise themselves to all do it at once. With announcements like this UBER is betting they are too fragmented to get organised.

      Meanwhile back here in the travel industry we have real opportunity to be a factor in poverty alleviation by continually investing in people, especially the marginalised, who often have as their greatest asset, their story which doesn’t require a car or a spare room. Giving them a platform and the skills to tell that story in situ and engage a travellers 5 senses, in turn allows them both ownership and revenue with just their two feet. If they’ve got wheels all the better because we also know tourists will pay more than commuters so maybe the workforce might become a bit more scarce once all those pieces are lined up. Anyway best get back to that………

       
 
 

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