LONDON (Reuters) – Swedish carmaker Volvo Cars stated on Monday it has signed an agreement to supply cars into the autonomous driving technologies unit of China’s leading ride-hailing company, Didi Chuxing, for the self-driving test fleet.
Volvo will offer XC90 SUVs armed with backup steering and steering systems which DiDi Autonomous Driving will incorporate with Didi Gemini, its own fresh self-driving hardware stage.
Didi is presently working toward an initial public offering a valuation of $100 billion.
Only last week self-driving startup rollercoaster, that will be backed by General Motors Co, said it had increased $2.75 billion in its most recent financing round from investors such as Walmart Inc, carrying its tact to more than $30 billion.
“For us this is a huge opportunity because we get real-world know-how and have to check our vehicles at a real-world surroundings,” Petrofski explained. “That is something we’ll gain from when we begin rolling out this technology in software for our clients.”
Petrofski stated some of the vehicles have been sent to Didi.
Volvo started providing evaluation automobiles to Uber’s autonomous driving device back in 2016. Uber Technologies Inc sold that company to self-driving automobile startup Aurora this past year and remains utilizing Volvo vehicles.
The built in backup systems and security attributes on Volvo’s XC90 automobiles, along with Didi’s self-driving system,will finally enable the cars to run without security drivers at robotaxi solutions, Volvo explained.