Volvo starts most ambitious self-driving experiment yet
VOLVO last week produced the very first autonomous car that will be used in the Drive Me project in Gothenburg, Sweden dubbed “the world’s most ambitious and advanced public autonomous driving (AD) experiment”. The Drive Me pilot project is the first in a number of planned public trials with autonomous driving Volvo cars.
A similar project to the one in Gothenburg will be launched in London next year, while Volvo is also assessing bids from interested cities in China to launch a Drive Me project there within the next few years.
Volvo also actively engages in strategic partnerships in the area of autonomous driving technology. Volvo currently offers a semi-autonomous functionality called Pilot Assist on its 90 series cars. Pilot Assist gives gentle steering inputs to keep the car properly aligned within lane markings at up to 130 km/h without the need to follow another car. The Drive Me cars will add hands-off and feet-off capability in special autonomous drive zones around Gothenburg, powered by what Volvo calls its Autonomous Driving Brain.
Volvo is also testing robot trucks in a mine in Sweden and has launched a new partnership with ride-sharing company Uber to develop the next generation of autonomous driving cars. Volvo also has plans for a joint venture with leading automotive supplier Autoliv to develop next generation autonomous driving software.
In the autonomous driving Volvos the side mirrors become platforms for cameras and sensors.