Uber strikes deal to buy 24,000 autonomous Volvos

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Volvo Cars and Uber join forces to develop autonomous driving cars
Volvo Cars and Uber join forces to develop autonomous driving cars

Global taxi company Uber has revealed plans to buy a massive fleet of self-driving cars from Volvo, accelerating its shift from a ride-sharing company to one that operates its own vehicles.

The partnership, set to begin in 2019, would see Volvo providing Uber with examples of its flagship XC90 SUV, fitted with high-tech autonomous technology. Uber will add its own specialised sensor array to the roof of the car, and then operate the vehicles as genuine self-driving cars – with no need for a human behind the wheel.

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