AI News, Volvo's Self-Driving Program Will Have Redundancy For Everything

Volvo's Self-Driving Program Will Have Redundancy For Everything

Next year Volvo will do something no other company has tried: it will put 100 fully self-driving cars in the hands of customers.

But they’ll be production cars, not experimental prototypes, andthe drivers will be laymen, not engineers, with full abilityto sit back and read a book, not continually putting a hand on the steering wheel to prove they’re capable of intervening at a moment’s notice.

You need two systems for everything.” Volvo, abrandwith the word“safety” inscribed in it, is insisting on full backup for every element before it allows one of its cars full command.

The unit willbe integrated inconspicuously into the front of the car from where it will scan the road with four beams, unlike the rotating beacons seen on the roofs of Google cars.

“We ran a big pilot this winter that used hundreds of cars to measure road friction, sending every reading of slippery conditions to the cloud, so that other cars could share it.” Such real-world validation is key.

Volvo hopes the Gothenberg tests will lead to a rollout of a commercial product sometime around2020,though even that futuristic vehiclewon’t work on all roads or underall weather conditions.

Volvo Car Group’s first self-driving Autopilot cars test on public roads around Gothenburg

Volvo Car Group’s groundbreaking project ‘Drive Me’ – featuring 100 self-driving Volvos on public roads in everyday driving conditions – is moving forward rapidly.

What makes the ‘Drive Me’ project unique is that it involves all the key players: legislators, transport authorities, a major city, a vehicle manufacturer and real customers.

“That Volvo Cars’ hometown Gothenburg becomes the world’s first arena for self-driving cars in everyday driving conditions demonstrates both our technological leadership and Sweden’s dedication to pioneering the integration of self-driving vehicles,” says Erik Coelingh.

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

Volvo to test autonomous cars with ordinary drivers on public roads by 2017

Volvo will test 100 of its autonomous cars on public roads driven in normal traffic by members of the public by 2017.

“Taking the exciting step to a public pilot, with the ambition to enable ordinary people to sit behind the wheel in normal traffic on public roads, has never been done before.” Participants in the trial will have to be sober and competent to take over controls at any time.

“It is relatively easy to build and demonstrate a self-driving concept vehicle, but if you want to create an impact in the real world, you have to design and produce a complete system that will be safe, robust and affordable for ordinary customers,” said Erik Coelingh one of Volvo’s technical specialists.

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