Volvo Cars will play a leading role in the world’s first large-scale autonomous driving pilot project in which 100 self-driving Volvo cars will use public roads in everyday driving conditions around the Swedish city of Gothenburg.
Despite massive improvements in traffic safety, 1.2 million people are still killed in traffic every year. In 2007, this spurred Volvo Cars, as the only automotive manufacturer in the world, to launch a safety vision stating that no one should be killed or seriously injured in a new Volvo car by 2020. The company’s vision is that cars should not crash.
Volvo Car Group’s groundbreaking project ‘Drive Me’ – featuring 100 self-driving Volvos on public roads in everyday driving conditions – is moving forward rapidly. The first test cars are already rolling around the Swedish city of Gothenburg and the sophisticated Autopilot technology is performing well.
The world’s foremost vehicle safety conferences, the International Technical Conference on the Enhanced Safety of Vehicles (ESV) will take place in Volvo Cars’ hometown this year, effectively bringing the discussion of vehicle safety home to where it first began.
Two of Volvo Cars’ top safety experts, Dr Trent Victor, Senior Technical Leader Crash Avoidance and Adjunct Professor at the University of Iowa, US and Jonas Ekmark, Manager Innovation for Active Safety and Chassis, were singled out for appreciation for their contributions in the field of car safety.
The Drive Me project – a unique public pilot with ordinary drivers behind the steering wheels of 100 self-driving Volvos – has been joined by a new prominent Swedish partner: Chalmers University of Technology.
Volvo Cars, the premium car maker, and Autoliv, the automotive safety technology company, two of the world’s leaders in automotive safety, have agreed to work together on the ground-breaking Drive Me project, the world’s first large-scale autonomous driving (AD) initiative.