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Volvo partners with Uber, Cadillac and Mercedes debut concepts | Autoblog Minute

Automotive news recap for 8.20.16.

Volvo and Uber partner to bring autonomous tech to market, Cadillac debuts Escala concept at Monterey Car Week, and we get our best look yet at the Vision Mercedes-Maybach 6 concept. Eddie Sabatini reports on this edition of Autoblog Minute.
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[00:00:00] Volvo and Uber partner in the name of autonomy. Both companies are investing $300M in this joint project that aims to bring autonomous tech into real-world application sooner rather than later. Uber will be looking to gain a fleet of autonomous Volvo's like the XC90, while eliminating its need for drivers. As Volvo looks to present itself as a key player in the future of mobility. This partnership will also go a long way in helping Volvo achieve its goal to sell an autonomous car by 2021.

[00:00:30] The first free autonomous rides under the Uber-Volvo partnership will be offered next month in Pittsburgh. It's important to note that there will be supervisors on hand for these rides to monitor the vehicles.

Cadillac showed off its Escala concept at Montery Car Week. The Cadillac Escala is four door sedan with a 4.2L twin-turbo V8 under the hood. Exterior design shows off a liftback and Cadillac's distinctive vertical lighting. Cadillac called the Escala an opportunity for designers to flex their creative muscles.

[00:01:00] So while we probably won't see the Escala joining the CT6 anytime soon this latests concept does give us look into the future of Cadillac design.

This week we got our best look yet at the Vision Mercedes-Maybach 6. This striking concept is a two-door, two-passenger, 18-foot long electric vehicle. The 6 is powered by four electric motors and backed by an 8kWh battery, all of which Mercedes says is good for the equivalent of 750HP and a range of 200 miles.

[00:01:30] The Vision Mercedes-Maybach 6 is a glimpse into the future.

For Autoblog I'm Eddie Sabatini.

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