Volvo robot cars by 2021
VOLVO plans to sell a self-driving vehicle to consumers in five years.
Speaking at the Global Mobility Leadership Forum in Detroit last week, Volvo CEO Hakan Samuelsson told AP the car will have a steering wheel but consumers can pay $10 000 (R137 000) extra for a full autopilot system that will let them relax while the car drives itself.
Samuelsson said Volvo is already making early versions of the vehicles. They will be tested in Sweden next year and in London and China in 2018. Both Ford and Volvo have announced plans to create car-sharing fleets, but Volvo’s consumer-focused strategy differs from those of Ford, which plans a self-driving car in five years that will not have a steering wheel, fuel or brake pedals.
Earlier this year, Ford, Volvo, Google, Uber and Lyft had launched the Self-Driving Coalition for Safer Streets initiative, which aims to shape laws to govern selfdriving cars in the U.S.
Volvo plans to have robot cars on the road in the next five years.