Volvo will test 100 of its autonomous cars on public roads driven in normal traffic by members of the public by 2017
The car manufacturer announced a collaboration with Swedish legislators and transport authorities to test the cars on 30 miles of roads around Gothenburg by 2017, marking Volvo’s first public pilot of fully autonomous vehicles
“We are entering uncharted territory in the field of autonomous driving,” “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.” said Peter Mertens, senior vice president of research and development for Volvo.
Drivers are complied to be sober during tests and to also be ready to take manual control at all times,
Volvo has taken a slightly different approach to automated vehicles compared to most car manufacturers and technology companies, including Google. Its first tests were of road trains on motorways, where drivers could join a line of cars that would autonomously match speed and follow the lead car.
But this new test will take the company’s full autonomous system out into the real world.
The pilot forms part of Volvo’s ambitious plan to make it so that no one is either seriously injured or killed in one of its cars from 2020, which the company says is only possible by integrating automated technology.