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Volvo to Provide Vehicles for Didi’s Self-Driving Test Fleet

  • Cars to integrate Didi’s autonomous-driving hardware platform
  • Driverless tech still sees investments amid delays, crashes
A Volvo XC90 automobile.
A Volvo XC90 automobile.

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Volvo Cars will provide hundreds of XC90 SUVs equipped with driverless technology to Didi Chuxing’s test fleet of robo-taxis, hoping it’ll pave the way to potential mass production.

The cars will be the first to integrate Didi’s new self-driving hardware platform, DiDi Gemini, to be deployed in Didi’s ride-hailing network, the Chinese company said Monday in a statement. The Swedish-made vehicles are equipped with a number of backup systems such as steering and breaking, enabling them to be activated for autonomous driving once other parts of the technology are ready.