Self-driving Volvos hit the road

Self-driving Volvos hit the road

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Volvo Car Group says its ‘Drive Me’ project – featuring 100 self-driving Volvos on public roads – is rapidly moving forward.

The test cars are driving around the Swedish city of Gothenburg and the Autopilot technology is performing to expectations says Volvo.

“The test cars handle lane following, speed adaption and merging traffic all by themselves,” says Volvo technical specialist Erik Coelingh.

“The technology, which will be called Autopilot, enables the driver to hand over the driving to the vehicle, which takes care of all driving functions.”

The ‘Drive Me’ project is unique says Volvo because it involves all the key players: legislators, transport authorities, a major city, a vehicle manufacturer and real customers.

Customers will drive the 100 cars in everyday driving conditions on approximately 50 kilometres of selected roads in and around Gothenburg. These roads are typical commuter arteries, including motorway conditions and frequent queues.

‘Drive Me ’ is a joint initiative between Volvo, the Swedish transport administration, the Swedish transport agency, Lindholmen Science Park and the City of Gothenburg. The Swedish Government is endorsing the project.

“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,” says Coelingh.

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