As the race to get an effective self driving car solution on the roads, Volvo had announced that it is planning landmark tests on London Roads in 2017.
Volvo have recently announced that they plan to launch a fleet of semi autonomous XC90 cars in what they have described as being the “UK’s largest and most ambitious driving trial”.
They also plan to increase the number in this fleet to 100 by 2018.
AD or autonomous driving technology has been hailed by many technological manufacturers as being aimed at saving drivers time, reducing the risk of accidents and easing road congestion.
The Vice President and CEO of Volvo, Hakan Samuelsson stated: “Autonomous driving represents a leap forward in car safety. The sooner AD cars are on the roads, the sooner lives will start being saved.”
Volvo have already made their “death proof car” commitment and want to ensure that by 2020, no one is killed or seriously injured when they are driving an AD enabled Volvo car.
In an advancement on current testing, Volvo have called these new tests “Drive Me London” and will involve real families driving the test cars.
Volvo are confident that the data collected from these tests will help them create a driverless technology that can quickly cope with real world driving and road conditions, rather than relying on test track data.
Volvo has stated that up to 90% of all road traffic accidents are caused by driver errors and their AD technology will improve road travel in 4 main areas:
- Time Saving
Volvo will also be testing their Ad technology in China and Sweden.
“Driverless cars will see our journeys become faster, cleaner and safer. The UK is leading the way in developing the technology needed to make this a reality thanks to our world-class research base and these types of trials will become increasingly common,” said Sajid Javid, UK Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills.
With the UK tests, Volvo has partnered up with Thatcham Research and the insurance industry is very interested in what the results are going to be. They will be keeping a close eye on how the technology impacts upon claims for car damage and injuries to drivers, passengers and other road users.
With insurance and liability in mind, Volvo has stated that they will take full responsibility for any accidents that arise from their cars being used in AD mode.
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