Volvo announces pilot of self-driving cars in real traffic

Volvo announces pilot of self-driving cars in real traffic

As reported in the WANADA Bulletin, Volvo announced at The Washington Auto Show that it was working on an autonomous driving research project aimed at bringing 100 self-driving cars to customers around Gothenberg, Sweden, by 2017. Now Volvo has made a global announcement of its Drive Me project, entering its second year.

–Autonomous driving will fundamentally change the way we look at driving,” said Dr. Peter Mertens, senior vice president, research and development, Volvo Car Group. –In the future, you will be able to choose between autonomous and active driving.”

The autonomous driving system has a complex network of sensors, cloud-based positioning systems and intelligent braking and steering technologies.

The main challenge is to design an Autopilot that works in all traffic scenarios as well as during technical faults that may occur. For example, the probability of a brake system failure is very small, but a self-driving vehicle needs a second independent system to brake the vehicle to a stop, as it is unlikely that the driver will be prepared to press the brake pedal. In a real emergency, the car reacts faster than most humans, Volvo said.

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