Self drive Volvos for China

The Witness - Wheels - - MOTORING - — WR.

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.

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