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Volvo to buy parking valet company Luxe's assets

FILE PHOTO - People are seen in silhouette near the Volvo auto stand during the media preview of the 2016 New York International Auto Show in Manhattan, New York March 24, 2016. REUTERS/Brendan McDermid/File Photo (Reuters)

(Reuters) - Geely-owned Volvo Car Group said on Friday it would buy some assets of Luxe, a U.S.-based premium valet and concierge service, to boost the development of its digital services. Luxe's advanced software, technology platform, key data scientists, app developers and software engineers will join Volvo in the Silicon Valley, the automaker said. San Francisco-based Luxe provides valet parking through an app. The deal is also expected to accelerate Volvo's ability to offer services such as pick-up and drop, the automaker said. (http://bit.ly/2eL4Yym) Financial details of the transaction were not disclosed. Car-ride provider Uber Technologies Inc [UBER.UL] was said to be in advanced talks with Luxe to buy some of its assets, according to media reports in June. Uber did not immediately respond to a request for comment. (Reporting by Arunima Banerjee in Bengaluru; Editing by Savio D'Souza and Shounak Dasgupta)