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Uber unveils the next generation of Volvo’s self-driving car

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – Uber Technologies Inc on Wednesday unveiled its new Volvo’s self-driving car in Washington, as long as it works, ultimately, the implementation of a vehicle without a driver, under certain limited circumstances.

FILE PHOTO: Uber, in, the Volvo XC90 is self-driving car is displayed during a demonstration of a self-driving car technology in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, USA, 13 September, 2016. REUTERS/Aaron Josefczyk

Uber said that the new production XC90 will be presented by Volvo Cars in Sweden, and human controls, such as steering wheel and brake pedal, but also with the factory-installed steering and braking systems have been designed for the computer rather than the control of the person.

The Uber Advanced Technologies, the Group’s chief scientist, Raquel Urtasun, the company’s artificial intelligence technology that allows it to be autonomous for long distances on the highway, without maps, and on-the-fly” plot a course to navigate, and road construction.

“Our goal is for each and everyone of you, to where you want to go to a much better, safer, cheaper to run,” Urtasun said.

Other companies have also engaged in the implementation of self-driving vehicles are limited in a number of areas, such as the race for the autonomous car all over the world is warming up.

Ford Motor Co. ‘ s majority-owned autonomous in-vehicle unit, a Dream of AI, has launched its new fleet of self-driving test cars – Ford-Fusion Hybrid – at the Detroit show on Sunday, is to expand to five cities in the US.

The No. 2 U.S. automaker also opened a research center in Tel Aviv, with a growing number of leading automotive manufacturers and suppliers have set up shop in israel’s tech hub.

General Motors Co. in January, 2018 and sought approval from US regulators for the implementation of a stage-a part of the fleet of unmanned aerial vehicles without the steering wheel controls or other checks by the end of 2019 at the latest, however, is still struggling to win the approval of the supervisor.

Alphabet, Inc Waymo unit, and a robotaxi service in Arizona, said last month that the co-operation with the Lyft Inc. must have more time.

Car manufacturers have struggled to maintain profit margins, are faced with the rising costs of electric, connected, autonomous cars. They have been in the set-up of partnerships and outside investors, in the fight against spiraling development costs.

Previously, Uber had bought it for about 250, and Volvo XC90 sport utility vehicles (Suv ‘ s and post them up for self-propelled use.

The new vehicle, known by the internal code number, 519G, and is under development for a number of years, are more secure, more reliable, and will “soon” replace the older vehicles in the Uber fleet, said Eric Meyhofer, and the head of the Uber Advanced Technologies of the Group.

“It’s about to go into production,” said Meyhofer, in an interview with an Uber-conference in Washington on Tuesday.

The new vehicle also has back-up systems for both steering and braking functions, and a battery back-up power and new cyber security solutions.

THE CHECKS

Uber is ready to deliver the vehicles without the human control, Meyhofer said.

“We’re still in for a real hybrid, it says,” Meyhofer said. “We have to get there, and we’re not going to get into the thousands of cars in a city during the night. It’s going to be a slow introduction to it.”

The new XC90 cars are equipped with an interior of the fish-eye camera in order to locate lost and found, Uber said. They also have a not operator, since self-driving cars, which have a large sensor on the roof, and are equipped with automatic doors to prevent unsafe departures.

Uber, which has received about a dozen or so prototypes of the new car, but it has not yet been implemented, they are on the public right of way, and said that the car’s self-driving system, which will one day provide safe, reliable, autonomous, ridesharing, without the need for the safety and security of the driver.

Asked whether Uber will be the implementation of self-driving cars, without the safety and security of drivers and a limited number of areas in the years to come, and Meyhofer, said “Yes” way to do it.” However, he added that Uber wants to be in the good graces of the confidence and trust of the general public, and regulatory confidence for the purpose of making the business decision to implement it.

In December, Uber will resume some sort of limited self-driving car testing on public roads in Pittsburgh, and nine months after it suspended the program after a fatal accident in Arizona.

In March 2018, with the authorities in Arizona, is suspended Uber’s ability to test its self-driving car, following one of the XC90 car struck and killed a woman crossing the street at night, in the Phoenix suburb of Tempe, Uber’s biggest test experience. The crash was the first death to be attributed to a self-driving car.

In March, 2019 at the latest, prosecutors in Arizona said the company was not liable under criminal law may be held liable in the crash, and it would not be pursuing charges. Uber shut down for testing in Arizona, but plans to eventually resume testing in the Toronto and San Francisco, california, Meyhofer said.

The death prompted significant concerns about safety in the burgeoning self-driving car industry, this is a race for vehicles in commercial use.

Volvo Cars Chief Executive Hakan Samuelsson said in a statement that “by the middle of the next decade, we expect that one-third of all the cars we sell are fully self-sufficient.”

Volvo Cars, owned by the chinese Geely Automobile Holdings limited, a similar organic base vehicle and a concept for the introduction of the first commercially-available autonomous drive technology in the early 2020.

Volvo, Uber said it is in 2017 and that the travel company planned to purchase up to 24,000 of self-driving cars from Volvo, from 2019 to 2021, with the aid of the self-driving system, which was developed by the Uber Advanced Technologies of the Group. An Uber spokeswoman said on Tuesday that the company plans to work with Volvo on the tens of thousands of vehicles in the future.”

Report by David Shepardson; editing by Christopher Cushing and Alistair Bell

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