Volvo’s recruitment drive for electric and self-driving cars

Volvo’s recruitment drive for electric and self-driving cars

Volvo is launching one of the largest engineering recruitment drives in its 89-year history in the interests of safety, autonomous driving and electrification technologies.

The company plans to recruit around 400 engineers in the next twelve months, primarily in the area of software development. The majority of these new recruits will be based at the company’s R&D headquarters in Gothenburg, Sweden.

The company also recently partnered with ride-sharing company Uber to jointly develop autonomous driving cars.

It will launch autonomous driving pilot projects in London and China following the launch of the Drive Me pilot project that will start in Gothenburg next year.


The carmaker continues to develop new safety systems in which software engineering and development play an increasing role. Already, Volvo’s new range of 90 series premium cars are among the safest on the road.

The XC90 SUV, S90 sedan and V90 estate are equipped with the most extensive standard safety package in their segment and safety technologies such as large animal detection and run-off road protection.

In terms of electrification, Volvo will offer a plug-in hybrid variant on every new model as it replaces its entire product portfolio in the coming years. It will also introduce the first of several fully electric vehicles by 2019.

Via the recruitment drive, Volvo plans to further strengthen the automotive cluster in Western Sweden and establish it as an emerging hub for automotive software engineering.

“Volvo is an industry leader in the area of autonomous drive technology and electrification, as well as the undisputed leader in automotive safety,” says Peter Mertens, senior vice president for research & development at Volvo Cars. “We have the strong ambition to retain and extend that leadership, so we need to ensure that we capture the best engineering talent out there. This new recruitment drive is a reflection of that ambition.”

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