Volvo ro­bot cars by 2021

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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.

PHOTO: VOLVO

Volvo plans to have ro­bot cars on the road in the next five years.

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