Volvo is standing by its partnership with Uber, despite the ride-hailing company’s string of public relations disasters, including a high-profile accident this weekend that led to Uber temporarily shutting down its self-driving testing program.
On Saturday, Uber suspended its self-driving pilot program — which uses Volvo XC90 SUVs — after one of the vehicles crashed in Tempe, Arizona. Given there were no injuries, a Volvo spokesperson said the company had nothing further to add to its past statements on the venture, which include a comment from a press event last week where a spokesman for Volvo said it would “continue to support” Uber.
An Uber spokesperson said there have been no changes to the partnership.
Volvo and Uber announced the $300 million agreement in August, with Volvo providing 100 XC90s for the launch of the Uber’s first autonomous ride-hailing program in Pittsburgh. Since then, the companies have been working together on the hardware side of self-driving systems, which includes technology like redundant braking, and Uber has continued to buy vehicles from the automaker, a Volvo spokesman said.