Volvo has yet again confirmed its place at the forefront of European driving innovation with the recent success of its ‘Drive Me’ driverless car project. Several self-driving Volvo vehicles took to the streets of Gothenburg, Sweden in a bid to confirm the exciting potential of this revolutionary technology.
The project is the result of a collaboration between the manufacturer and the Swedish Transport Administration, and sees the Volvo test vehicles driving alongside conventional vehicles. The project is ongoing, with the eventual goal of providing 100 driverless vehicles to customers in the city by 2017.
At the time of writing, things are looking very promising. Volvo engineer Erik Coelingh had this to say regarding the early results: “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.”
It’s common knowledge that most accidents are caused by human error. While the technology for driverless cars may not be commercially available yet, this is certainly an encouraging result for Volvo. The company aims to implement self-driving systems into their vehicles by as soon as 2020, and if early signs are anything to go by, they could well have a head start in the journey to automation.
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