Auto briefs: Autonomy supplier, presidential auction, slot cars

An agreement to supply a ridesharing company with autonomous vehicles, a Corvette signed by a former President for a charitable auction, and a slot car display which will help raise money for education were among the items promoted by automakers recently.

  • Volvo has signed a framework agreement to supply the ridesharing company Uber with tens of thousands of XC90 base vehicles capable of being outfitted with autonomous driving technology. The automaker says these vehicles will include the systems for core autonomous driving, redundancy, and safety necessary for Uber to add its own self-driving technology. The sales will take place between 2019 and 2021. Volvo says the same base vehicles will be used in its own efforts to develop a fully autonomous vehicle, which it hopes to accomplish in 2021.
  • Chevrolet is partnering with the George W. Bush Presidential Center to raise funds for the center's Military Service Initiative. The first Corvette Carbon 65 Edition coupe to be produced by the automaker will be signed by former President Bush and put up for auction in Scottsdale, Ariz. The money raised will aid the Military Service Initiative's goal of helping post-9/11 military veterans transition to civilian life.
  • Ford recently celebrated the 10th anniversary of its Drive4UR School fundraising program with an interactive slot car display in the Oculus at the Westfield World Trade Center in New York City. The display, which ran from Nov. 17 to 18, invited visitors ages 10 and older to participate in races and donated $10 to the New York City public schools for each person who registered. In the Drive4Ur School event, Ford contributes $20 per test drive, up to $6,000 per event, to support schools in dealers' communities. Over the course of the decade, the effort has raised more than $30 million for over 3,000 schools.

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