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Volvo signed deal to sell AD cars to Uber, Victoria trialled first driverless bus in Melbourne

Volvo agreed to deliver autonomous cars to Uber

Swedish company Volvo Cars entered a framework agreement to sell autonomous driving (AD) compatible base vehicles to ride-sharing company Uber between 2019 and 2021.

All the vehicles have been developed on Volvo Cars’ Scalable Product Architecture (SPA), which is currently being used by automobile manufacturers worldwide.

Volvo Cars president and chief executive Håkan Samuelsson said: “The automotive industry is being disrupted by technology and Volvo Cars chooses to be an active part of that disruption.

Victoria trialled first driverless bus in Melbourne

The Government of Victoria in Australia trialled the first driverless shuttle bus in the state known as Autonobus, which will be used for transporting students around La Trobe University in Bundoora, Melbourne.

The government invested A$375,000 ($286,125) for the new Autonobus in order to support the Smarter Journeys Programme, with VicRoads experts providing expertise in road safety and transport systems.

Victoria Minister for Roads and Road Safety Luke Donnellan said: “Automated vehicles will revolutionise the way we travel, that’s why we’re investing in trials that explore ways technology can be used to reduce congestion and keep people safe on our roads.”

 

 

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