Volvo to put 100 self-driving cars on the road in Sweden

Volvo to put 100 self-driving cars on the road in Sweden

Starting next year, Volvo will put 100 autonomous cars on public roads in everyday driving conditions around Gothenberg, Sweden. The project is a joint initiative among Volvo, the Swedish Transport Administration, the Swedish Transport Agency, Lindholmen Science Park and the City of Gothenberg. It is endorsed by the Swedish government.

Autonomous vehicles are an integrated part of Volvo Cars as well as the Swedish governments vision of zero traffic fatalities, said Hakan Samuelsson, president and CEO of Volvo Car Group. This public pilot represents an important step towards this goal.

Adds Erick Coelingh, technical specialist at Volvo, Our aim is for the car to be able to handle all possible traffic scenarios by itself, including leaving the traffic flow and finding a safe harbor if the driver for any reason is unable to regain control.

The project will focus on several areas, such as: improvements in traffic efficiency, the traffic environment and road safety brought about by autonomous vehicles; infrastructure requirements for autonomous driving; typical traffic situations suitable for autonomous vehicles; customers confidence in autonomous vehicles; and the way surrounding drivers interact with a self-driving car.

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