A new building has been opened at the Volvo Cars Silicon Valley Tech Center in downtown Sunnyvale, California, almost tripling the size of the overall facility. The auto maker aims to expand its development work in key areas including vehicle electrification, as well as autonomous driving and new digital customer experiences.
The car maker’s investment in Silicon Valley has grown since its establishment on the West Coast USA in 2016 to include build capabilities across product development, business development, advanced engineering, and most recently, a corporate venture arm to invest in cutting-edge tech startups.
The location puts Volvo Cars in close proximity to some of its main development partners, including Google, Uber, Amazon and Nvidia, and will foster collaboration with startups and ventures as well as providing access to Silicon Valley’s pool of engineering talent.
“Our Silicon Valley Tech Center helps us embrace technologies and market forces shaping a future that is electrified, autonomous, and best of all, about so much more than getting from point A to B. Our intention is to mobilize and connect teams from Sweden to California to jointly deliver on this vision,” said Atif Rafiq, chief digital officer, Volvo Cars.
Employees of the Volvo Cars Silicon Valley Tech Center celebrated the soft opening of the new office with partners on November 29. The formal opening is scheduled to take place this month.