Volvo is planning to put driverless cars on large scale trials

Volvo is planning to start large scale trials of driverless cars

Main Point:

Volvo, Swedish car-maker (now under Chinese ownership), is planning to start large scale trials of driverless cars on public roads in Gothenburg in 2017.

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Volvo is already working with the Swedish Transport Administration, The Swedish Transport Agency, Lindholmen Science Park and the City of Gotehenburg, to become one of the leaders in commercialization of the driverless technology.

The pilot scheme is called as “Drive Me – Self-driving cars for sustainable mobility”. It will get customer research and further development by next year. By the year 2017, the driverless cars will come on about 30 miles of public road in and around Gothenburg, described as “typical commuter arteries” as they would have common motorway conditions and frequent issues.

“Autonomous vehicles are an integrated part of Volvo Cars’ as well as the Swedish government’s vision of zero traffic fatalities. This public pilot represents an important step towards this goal,” said Håkan Samuelsson, President and CEO of the Volvo Car Group. “It will give us an insight into the technological challenges at the same time as we get valuable feedback from real customers driving on public roads.”

Although the company has not noted the models to be used in the trial but the all-new XC90 SUV will probably be used, according to Chris Knapman of The Telegraph.

Among the other companies working on driverless cars are Google, Toyota and Mercedes-Benz. Researchers at Oxford University are also working on driverless Nissan Leaf electric car on private land.

Source:

Large-scale trial of driverless cars to begin on public roads – The Telegraph (http://goo.gl/vR8Pxu)

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