Self drive Volvos for China
GEELY, China’s largest privately owned car builder and owner of Volvo Cars, said it will use the Swedish vehicles to test autonomous driving cars in China.
Volvo said in a statement that the experiment could involve up to 100 cars and Geely will, in coming months, negotiate which cities in China will take part in the test and then set up the necessary permissions, regulations and infrastructure.
Volvo has committed itself to making cars in which no one will be seriously injured or killed by 2020. The company said autonomous driving technology promises to reduce car accidents as well as free up congested roads, reduce pollution and allow drivers to use their time in their cars more valuably.
Håkan Samuelsson, president and chief executive of Volvo, said at a seminar in Beijing on April 7: “The sooner autonomous drive (AD) cars are on the roads, the sooner lives will start being saved.”
He added the AD cars promise to revolutionise China’s roads in four main areas — safety, congestion, pollution and time saving.
AD cars can reduce the 90% of all accidents that are caused by human error and reduce the scope of traffic jams by driving in cohesion, saving drivers time.
AD cars also reduce emissions and associated pollution by idling less in peak hour traffic.