AI News, Volvo Car Group initiates world unique Swedish pilot project with self-driving cars on public roads

Volvo Car Group initiates world unique Swedish pilot project with self-driving cars on public roads

Volvo Car Group initiates world unique Swedish pilot project with self-driving cars on public roads  

Volvo Cars will play a leading role in the world’s first large-scale autonomous driving pilot project in which 100 self-driving Volvo cars will use public roads in everyday driving conditions around the Swedish city of Gothenburg.

“Our aim is for the car to be able to handle all possible traffic scenarios by itself, including leaving the traffic flow and finding a safe ‘harbour’ if the driver for any reason is unable to regain control,” explains Erik Coelingh, Technical Specialist at Volvo Car Group.

Focus areas The ‘Drive Me’ project will focus on a number of areas, such as: The project will commence in 2014 with customer research and technology development, as well as the development of a user interface and cloud functionality.

Joining forces Recognising that growing urbanisation continues to put pressure on transport systems in and around urban areas all over the world, ‘Drive Me’ addresses the need to join forces in the quest to develop a sustainable society and mobility.

“The public pilot will provide us with a valuable insight into the societal benefits of making autonomous vehicles a natural part of the traffic environment.

Making Gothenburg the arena for this unique public pilot is a strong demonstration of the city’s aim to pioneer the development of efficient, clean and safe urban transportation systems.

The architecture is prepared for the continuous introduction of new support and safety systems all the way to technologies that enable highly autonomous drive.

“Our approach is based on the principle that autonomously driven cars must be able to move safely in environments with non-autonomous vehicles and unprotected road users,” says Erik Coelingh.

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