Wednesday, September 14, 2016
Volvo Just Officially Started Its Self-Driving Experiment On The Streets In Gothenburg
Via Business Insider: Volvo has previously said it will launch its self-driving vehicle experiment called "Drive Me" in Sweden in 2017. But that won’t be the case. In fact, the experiment starts already toady, as Volvo just revealed it has already finished production of the first out of 100 self-driving XC90 SUVs that will be part of the ”Drive Me”-project, according to Swedish Veckans Affärer. After being thoroughly tested, Volvo will start delivering the cars to families in Gothenburg. And as soon as the cars are autonomously driving in the streets of Gothenburg, Volvo will collect data and feedback. “This is an important milestone for the Drive Me project”, said Erik Coelingh, Senior Technical Leader Active Safety at Volvo Cars, as he observed the final touches being put to the car. “Customers look at their cars differently than us engineers, so we are looking forward to learn how they use these cars in their daily lives and what feedback they will give us”. The Drive Me pilot project in Gothenburg is only the first in a number of planned public trials. A similar project will be launched in London next year, and Volvo is also in discussions with cities in China to launch a Drive Me project there within the next few years. Volvo's ultimate goal is that "no one will be seriously injured or killed in a new Volvo by the year 2020".