Volvo starts most am­bi­tious self-driv­ing ex­per­i­ment yet

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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.

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