AI News, Volvo pushes self-driving Drive Me program back by four years - Autoblog

Volvo pushes self-driving Drive Me program back by four years - Autoblog

Volvo is pumping the brakes on its Drive Me autonomous vehicle program, delaying by four years plans to deploy a fleet of 100 self-driving cars in Sweden and acknowledging its technology isn't ready.

Volvo four years ago said it would have 100 self-driving cars on the streets of Gothenburg by the end of 2017 in conjunction with the Swedish government to test out the technology and its effects on traffic and the economy.

So instead, Volvo says it's enlisting two families from the Gothenburg area to test XC90 SUVs fitted with Volvo's latest Level 2 driver-assist technology, with cameras and sensors that can also observe their interactions with the car and its systems while on local roads.

Volvo is reportedly scaling back its ambitious self-driving car experiment

It’s been awhile since we heard anything about Volvo’s audacious experiment to deliver 100 self-driving cars to regular people in Sweden for testing.

And instead of getting fully driverless, Level 4-ready cars, the people taking part in Drive Me will test the cars with the same Level 2 semi-autonomous assistance systems that are commercially available in Europe and the US.

Companies like Tesla, GM, Mercedes-Benz, and Audi have just begun to sell cars with highly automated, Level 2 and 3 features, while those that are working on higher levels of autonomy, like Alphabet’s Waymo, are focused on geofenced, ride-hailing projects.

Volvo’s ambition to put regular people behind the wheel of its self-driving cars for experimental purposes seemed gutsy on one level, and maybe a little foolish in retrospect.

Earlier this year, the Swedish carmaker said it would be teaming up with Autoliv (a Swedish-American firm that makes automotive safety systems) to develop the necessary software, while a partnership with chipmaker Nvidia will supply the computing power.

The research is helping us extract what this value is.” Participating families in Sweden received the first delivery of XC90s this month, but only with semi-autonomous features, similar to those currently available in production-ready Cadillacs and Teslas.

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