Volvo, Uber reveal production-ready, autonomous vehicle

Uber hopes to begin Uber Eats drone delivery in San Diego this summer

The vehicle is equipped with various backup braking and steering systems, plus a backup battery, all of which should bring the auto to a safe stop if any of its primary systems fail during autonomous driving.

The company's Uber Eats unit began the tests in San Diego with McDonald's and plans to expand to other restaurants later this year.

Uber and San Diego were granted the winning bid by the Federal Aviation Administration past year to test the new delivery service, according to the company. It also wants to deliver Uber Eats orders via drone. Rather than delivering to your home, the drones will fly to designated zones, where couriers will pick up the goods and deliver them to your door.

The drone then meets an Uber Eats driver at a drop-off location, and the driver will hand-deliver the meal to the customer.

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Uber said it had developed a proprietary airspace management system called Elevate Cloud Systems that will guide the drones to their location.

Separately, Uber unveiled its newest self-driving vehicle produced by Volvo Cars. "When paired with our self-driving technology, this vehicle will be a key ingredient in Uber's autonomous product suite", commented Eric Meyhofer, CEO of Uber Advanced Technologies Group. As part of the safety package, these cars include several back-up systems for steering and braking as well as battery back-up power. "Our agreement with Uber underlines our ambition to be the supplier of choice to the world's leading ride-hailing companies", said Håkan Samuelsson, president and chief executive of Volvo Cars. In the event any of car's primary systems fail, the backup systems are created to immediately act to bring the vehicle to a stop.

Various sensors will allow Uber's self-driving system to safely operate and manoeuvre in urban areas, the company said.

Volvo Cars plans to use a similar autonomous base vehicle concept for the introduction of its future autonomous drive cars in the early 2020s.

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