Volvo’s project ‘Drive Me’ – which features 100 self-driving Volvos on public roads in everyday driving conditions – is moving forward rapidly. The company’s first test cars are already rolling around the Swedish city of Gothenburg and the sophisticated Autopilot technology is reportedly performing well, according to the company.
An autonomous drive car was also shown in the U.S. at the New York International Auto Show this month.
“The test cars are now able to handle lane following, speed adaption and merging traffic all by themselves. This is an important step towards our aim that the final ‘Drive Me’ cars will be able to drive the whole test route in highly autonomous mode. 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,” says Erik Coelingh, Technical Specialist at Volvo Car Group.
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. The customers will drive the 100 cars in everyday driving conditions on approximately 50 km of selected roads in and around Gothenburg. These roads are typical commuter arteries, including motorway conditions and frequent queues.
“That Volvo Cars’ hometown [of] 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.
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