STOCKHOLM, Dec. 2, 2013 /CNW/ - Volvo Cars will play a leading role in
the world's first large-scale autonomous driving pilot project in which
100 self-driving Volvo cars will use public roads in everyday driving
conditions around the Swedish city of Gothenburg.
The ground-breaking project 'Drive Me - Self-driving cars for
sustainable mobility' is a joint initiative between Volvo Car Group,
the Swedish Transport Administration, the Swedish Transport Agency,
Lindholmen Science Park and the City of Gothenburg. Project 'Drive Me'
is endorsed by the Swedish Government.
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The aim is to pinpoint the societal benefits of autonomous driving and
position Sweden and Volvo Cars as leaders in the development of future
"Autonomous vehicles are an integrated part of Volvo Cars' as well as
the Swedish government's vision of zero traffic fatalities. This public
pilot represents an important step towards this goal," says Håkan
Samuelsson, President and CEO of Volvo Car Group. "It will give us an
insight into the technological challenges at the same time as we get
valuable feedback from real customers driving on public roads."
The pilot will involve self-driving cars using approximately 50
kilometres of selected roads in and around Gothenburg. These roads are
typical commuter arteries and include motorway conditions and frequent
queues. The project also includes fully automated parking, without a
driver in the car.
'Drive Me' will commence in 2014 and the first cars are expected to be
on the roads in Gothenburg by 2017.
Recognising that growing urbanisation continues to put pressure on
transport systems in and around urban areas all over the world, 'Drive
Me' addresses the need to join forces in the quest for a sustainable
society and mobility.
"Sweden has developed unique co-operation between the authorities, the
industry and the academic community. This has resulted in a
world-leading position in traffic safety. Autonomous vehicles and a
smarter infrastructure will bring us another step closer to even safer
traffic and an improved environment. It will also contribute to new
jobs and new opportunities in Sweden," says Catharina Elmsäter-Svärd,
the Swedish Minister for Infrastructure.
Self-driving vehicles can contribute to reducing infrastructure
investments and enrich city life in other ways, such as by reducing
emissions, and improving air quality and traffic safety.
Autonomous driving will fundamentally change the way we look at driving
cars, as you can plan your drive with a mix of autonomous and active
driving. This makes the journey more time-efficient. You can safely
interact via phone or tablets or simply choose to relax.
"The self-driving technology used in the pilot allows you to hand over
the driving to the car when the circumstances are appropriate," says
The 100 Volvo cars will be new models developed on the upcoming Scalable
Product Architecture (SPA), which is prepared for the continuous
introduction of new support and safety systems all the way to
technologies that enable highly autonomous drive. First out will be the
all-new Volvo XC90, which will be introduced in 2014.
SOURCE: Volvo Car Group
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