Uber files patent to reduce motion sickness for autonomous vehicle passengers

Chelsea West
November 22, 2017

Volvo has signed a framework agreement with Uber to supply "tens of thousands" of autonomous driving-compatible base vehicles between 2019 and 2021. On Monday Uber one of the largest deals for autonomous vehicles was blown away by Uber, ordering 24,000 motor-vehicles from Volvo- a shift that's hoped to change the aspect of reality in the sphere of autonomous cars on the streets of America.

In response, the CEO of Volvo, Håkan Samuelsson, said: "Our aim is to be the supplier of choice for AD [autonomous driving] ride-sharing service providers globally".

Volvo engineers have worked closely together with engineers from Uber to develop the XC90 premium SUVs that are to be supplied to Uber. It has all the necessary safety, redundancy, and autonomous driving technologies baked-in.

"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.

The base vehicles are developed on Volvo Cars' fully modular, in-house developed Scalable Product Architecture (SPA). The firm has also announced plans to carry out one of the largest and most extensive autonomous driving trials in the United Kingdom, through a separate project known as Drive Me London.

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"The non-exclusive agreement enhances the strategic partnership between Volvo Cars and Uber announced in August 2016 and also marks a new chapter in the convergence of vehicle makers and Silicon Valley-based technology companies". The Financial Times estimates the purchase could be worth as much as £1.1bn to Chinese-owned Volvo.

The deal builds on a $300 million alliance Volvo announced with Uber past year focussed on collaborating on the design and financing of cars with self-driving systems, which require different steering and braking features and sensors.

While no terms were disclosed, the move is an extension of Uber's previous engineering collaboration with the Swedish carmaker that produced semi-autonomous XC90s on the streets of Pittsburgh.

When you're driving a vehicle, this is generally not a problem.

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