Uber Advanced Technologies Group revealed a fresh generation of self-driving Volvo XC90 SUVs that have been designed and constructed for a completely driverless environment.
In addition to the factory installed steering and braking systems intended for computer rather than human control, Uber said the new production XC90 will be produced by Volvo Cars in Sweden and has human controls, such as steering wheel and brake pedals.
The new cars, which are known to have been in development for several years under an internal code number 519 G, are safer, more reliable, and will ‘ quickly ‘ replace the older Uber vehicles.
The new car also offers a number of back-up systems for both steering and braking features, battery back-up energy and fresh cybersecurity systems.
Uber said, “The fresh XC90 cars have a fish-eye camera inside which can scan for lost items. They also have no sunroofs because the self-driving cars are fitted with big sensors and auto-proof doors to avoid an unsafe departure.
Combined with Volvo’s platform, the self-driving scheme of Uber can one day enable a secure and reliable independent ridesharing in an area designated and appropriate for independent driving, without the need for a Mission Specialist, Uber’s qualified staff operate and supervise the car.
Introducing these technologies on the latest generation of Volvo models using SPAs2, characteristics intended to allow unattended autonomous driving in obviously defined fields such as highways and circular roads. SPA2 models
We have carried out simulations before any software is published and the code is entered into a vehicle published on the highways. It’s a virtual auto driving environment. The vehicle then passes a sequence of test scenarios on our test path. There are more than 70 and all of them must pass without any safety problems.
The objective is to get these vehicles on traffic in 2020, “said Uber. The company’s added output will slowly increase as it exactly determines what it must do to guarantee that the prototypes function as designed.
General Motors Co requested authorization in January 2018, from the U.S. regulator to implement, but still struggles to gain regulatory approval, a fleet of driverless vehicles without steering wheels or other human controls. Waymo Unit of Alphabet Inc operates an Arizona robo taxi service and said that Lyft Inc has partnerships with Lyft to provide service to more drivers.
In 2017, Volvo and Uber said that the sharing business plans to purchase up to 24,000 Volvo self-driving vehicles using the Uber Advanced Technologies Group auto-driving scheme from 2019 to 2021. Tuesday, one Uber spokesperson said the firm intends “to work on ten thousands of cars with Volvo in the future.
In March 2018, Uber’s capacity to test its self-driving vehicles was suspended after hitting one of its XC 90 vehicles and a female was murdered in a night trip across the road at Temple, the biggest test centre in Uber in the suburbs of Phönix. The first death was ascribed to an automobile.
Volvo has already announced plans in the early 2020s to sell completely self-sufficient vehicles to regular riders. The XC90 will be constructed on the SPA2 platform, launched in 2021, and can drive on highways and ring roads without human control.