Volvo Car Group’s automated driving project, "Drive Me," is making progress, with 100 self-driving vehicles on public roads in everyday driving conditions. The first test cars are rolling around the Swedish city of Gothenburg. Volvo reports that the Autopilot technology is performing well.
At the present stage, the test cars are able to handle lane following, speed adaption, and merging traffic autonomously. This is regarded as an important step towards the goal that the "Drive Me" cars eventually will be able to drive the whole test route in highly autonomous mode.
The unique feature of the project is that it involves all the key players: legislators, transport authorities, a major city, a vehicle manufacturer, and real-world customers instead of specifically trained test drivers. The customers will drive the 100 cars under everyday driving conditions on approximately 50 kilometers of selected roads in and around Gothenburg. These roads are typical commuter arteries, including motorway conditions and frequent queues.
"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. The Swedish Government is endorsing the project.
The project is designed to provide insight into the societal benefits of making autonomous vehicles a natural part of the traffic environment. Unlike in other autonomous driving pilot projects, a broad societal approach is vital to offering sustainable personal mobility in the future. "This unique cross-functional co-operation is the key to a successful implementation of self-driving vehicles," says Erik Coelingh, technical specialist at Volvo Car Group.
— Christoph Hammerschmidt writes for EE Times Europe.
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