Volvo XC90 Drive Me autonomous driving

It’s fair to say that no other automaker is as committed as Volvo when it comes to realising autonomous driving. In the latest development, the Swedish automaker has announced a plan to test its driverless technology in China, where up to 100 units of its self-driving vehicles would be involved.

Volvo has yet to reveal the timeline and location of the experiment but said the cars will be tested on public roads in everyday driving conditions. The automaker currently looking to collaborate with interested cities with the necessary permissions, regulations and infrastructure for the project.

Håkan Samuelsson, president and chief executive of Volvo said: “There are multiple benefits to autonomous driving (AD) cars. That is why governments need to put in place the legislation to allow AD cars onto the streets as soon as possible. The car industry cannot do it all by itself. We need governmental help.”

According to Volvo, the introduction of autonomous driving focuses on four main areas: safety, congestion, pollution and time saving. It says that 90% of all accidents are caused by human error, something that autonomous driving eradicates.

As for congestion, Volvo claims that autonomous cars allow traffic to move more smoothly, reducing traffic jams and dangerous emissions in the process. The technology is also capable of saving driver’s valuable time.

“It is natural for us to work together,” Samuelsson said. “Our starting point is that both the public and private sectors stand to benefit from new technologies and industries, so it is better to build bridges and work together than to all go in different directions.”


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