Earlier today, Uber has announced that the company will be teaming up with Volvo in order to launch a new autonomous vehicle.
While we will have to wait to find out how the company’s autonomous vehicle works, Uber revealed that it can easily install its self-driving system in the XC90 SUV. In case you aren’t aware, the vehicle’s steering and braking systems are designed for both humans and computer. Most importantly, the SUV contain backup systems for both functions including backup power. As a result, if the primary system fails, the backup system will work immediately to bring the car to a stop.
During a recent interview at an Uber conference, Eric Meyhofer, the head of Uber’s Advanced Technologies Group, said, “We’re still in a real hybrid state. We have to get there and we’re not going to get to thousands of cars in a city overnight. It’s going to be a slower introduction.”
Uber and Volvo partnered back in September 2016 and since then, this will be the third car the companies have brought thanks to their collaboration. However, the upcoming vehicle will be the first with fully autonomous capabilities.