Volvo to supply Uber with thousands of self-driving cars
A man leaves the headquarters of Uber in San Francisco on Dec. 16, 2014. (AP / Eric Risberg)
HELSINKI -- Volvo Cars said Monday it will sell tens of thousands of self-driving cars to Uber, which is expanding to become an operator and owner of its own car fleet.
Volvo said in a statement that it would provide the San Francisco-based ride-sharing company with its XC90 premium SUVs complete with autonomous driving technologies, from 2019 until 2021. The framework deal is non-exclusive.
"The automotive industry is being disrupted by technology and Volvo Cars chooses to be an active part of that disruption," said Volvo Cars CEO Hakan Samuelsson.
The carmaker, owned by China's Geely Holding since 2010, didn't disclose the agreement's value or the precise number of vehicles. Media reports suggest Uber is buying up to 24,000 autonomous Volvo cars.
The deal is based on an alliance Volvo announced with Uber last year when the two companies said they would collaborate on developing self-driving cars, pledging to invest a combined $300 million to the project.
Jeff Miller, Uber's head of auto alliances, said Monday the company was "thrilled" to expand its partnership with Volvo.
"This new agreement puts us on a path towards mass produced self-driving vehicles at scale," Miller said in a joint statement with Volvo.
Volvo Cars key manufacturing plant is located in Goteborg, Sweden.