Volvo cars ready to take con­trol

The Witness - Wheels - - TRENDS -

VOLVO Cars has re­vealed one of the in­dus­try’s most ad­vanced and easy-to-use in­ter­faces to over­see how driv­ers will trans­fer con­trol to a car’s au­ton­o­mous driv­ing (AD) mode in its forth­com­ing cars.

The ad­vent of au­ton­o­mous driv­ing tech­nol­ogy means that the re­la­tion­ship be­tween a driver and a car’s user in­ter­face is of cru­cial sig­nif­i­cance. A safe and seam­less han­dover of con­trol is the corner­stone of any trust­wor­thy AD tech­nol­ogy.

Volvo Cars has de­signed its In­tel­liSafe Auto Pi­lot to be sim­ple and in­tu­itive. The au­ton­o­mous mode is ac­ti­vated and de­ac­ti­vated with spe­cially-de­signed pad­dles on the steer­ing wheel.

When en­ter­ing a route where au­ton­o­mous driv­ing is avail­able, the car gives the driver a mes­sage that the Auto Pi­lot is ready. At the same time, lights on the steer­ing-wheel pad­dles start flash­ing.

The driver pulls both pad­dles si­mul­ta­ne­ously to ac­ti­vate au­ton­o­mous mode. The lights on the pad­dles then change to con­stant green and Auto Pi­lot con­firms that the driv­ing and the su­per­vi­sion has been del­e­gated to the car. When au­ton­o­mous driv­ing is no longer avail­able, the driver is prompted to take over again. A 60-sec­ond count­down is dis­played.

If the driver, for any rea­son, doesn’t use the pad­dles to re­gain con­trol within this minute, the car will bring it­self to a safe stop.

Thomas In­gen­lath, se­nior vice pres­i­dent for de­sign at Volvo Cars, said: “We have de­signed a user in­ter­face that is safe and seam­less to use so that driv­ers can con­fi­dently trans­fer and re­gain con­trol of the car.”

Volvo’s new In­tel­liSafe Auto Pi­lot will be avail­able for the first time on the 100 XC90s, which the Drive Me will make avail­able to fam­i­lies and com­muters to drive on a 50 km route in Gothen­burg in ev­ery­day driv­ing con­di­tions. Fol­low­ing its use in Drive Me, the In­tel­liSafe Auto Pi­lot will then be in­tro­duced to the gen­eral public. — Supplied.

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