Volvo is opening research and engineering center in Mountain View, California

Volvo is opening research and engineering center in Mountain View, California

During the course of a recent interview with BuzzFeed News, Swedish luxury carmaker Volvo’s US CEO Lex Kerssemakers said that a new research and engineering center is being opened by Volvo in Mountain View, California.

Announcing Volvo’s research and engineering center in California, Kerssemakers said that the center will have a team of 70 engineers who will chiefly focus on developing autonomous driving, infotainment, and connectivity technology.

Revealing that the new research and engineering center will likely become operational from next week, when the employees will start moving in, Kerssemakers told BuzzFeed News: “We are putting the furniture in now as we speak.”

As a result of the imminent opening of Volvo’s research and engineering center in California, Volvo will join some of the other bigwig automakers -- including Ford, General Motors, and Mercedes-Benz -- that have opened up research and development centers in the Silicon Valley in recent times.

Moreover, Volvo’s research and engineering center in California will bring the company closer to ride-hailing service Uber, with which Volvo has recently signed a non-exclusive, $300 million partnership deal, for collaborating on the development of a self-driving car. Uber is already retrofitting Volvo XC90s with its own self-driving technology to test the vehicles on Pittsburgh roads.

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