The agreement between Uber and Volvo on the large purchase of unmanned vehicles was concluded as early as 2016. And it seems that the “big purchase” will be really serious, because we are talking about the acquisition of 24 thousand drones XC90 SUV for use as a taxi. About this car concern Volvo officially announced yesterday. What is characteristic, initially cars will not be equipped with an autopilot and all necessary equipment for this. All these functions will be implemented directly by the Uber employees themselves in the future.
People have always been an important part of Uber’s strategy when it came to taxi drivers. But the company’s management never hesitated to voice their plans that once it plans to move to a completely unmanned model of managing their cars. If there is no driver, he does not need to pay a salary, he does not need to worry that he will fall ill and not go to work or is rude to the passenger. In this respect, Uber is quite understandable: business is business, it should bring more money and less headache to management.
The deal with Volvo will be the first step towards the implementation of the company’s futuristic plans. It may well be that, following the taxi-drones, we will finally see the flying taxis that Uber threatens to launch into the air above the major US cities in the coming years. The company now has a lot of problems, one of which is a lawsuit from Waymo, claiming that Uber has stolen important technology secrets to develop its own autopilot system. Of course, Uber denies the theft of technology, but the court will show: who was right and who is to blame.
With the first small test batch of the Volvo XC90 SUV, Uber also had a number of difficulties. No, not with the transformation of cars into drones, but with their legal registration in the United States. The Department of Transportation of California said that cars were transported to the territory of the United States illegally and it simply can not issue registration documents for this transport. The management of Uber had to sweat a lot to solve this issue in the shortest possible time. Let’s see if something like this happens when transporting another 24,000 cars. It is possible that in the future Uber will acquire large quantities of cars from other major manufacturers.