Autonomous Driving: Volvo Cars Will Supply XC90s to DiDi in China
Volvo Cars will supply XC90 SUVs to DiDi Autonomous Driving, the subsidiary of Chinese company Didi Chuxing dedicated to developing autonomous driving technologies.
The Swedish automaker issued a statement last week revealing that the XC90s will be equipped with backup systems needed to control functions such as steering and braking.
As part of the partnership between the two companies, Volvo will also collaborate on integrating DiDi's additional software and hardware, which are essential to make the vehicles compatible with autonomous driving.
In 2020, Volvo supplied the Chinese firm with XC60 SUVs for a robotaxi pilot project conducted in Shanghai. For this new pilot project, the XC90s (of which a few hundred units will be provided) will be the first vehicles to receive a new autonomous-drive platform called Gemini. They will be used in China in a network of chauffeured cars operated by DiDi.
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