Sweden to pilot self-driving cars

Sweden to pilot self-driving cars

A hundred driverless cars are to be trialled on the roads of one of Scandinavia's busiest cities.

Volvo is doing this in a bid to improve its ground-breaking, self-driving vehicle technology. The Swedish car manufacturer has already undertaken controlled experiments employing "road trains" - vehicles following each other closely at speed.

The latest pilot will involve 100 cars on 30 miles of chosen routes, which take in commuter runs, motorway conditions and regular queues, on the streets of Gothenburg, Sweden by 2017.

Some experts have pointed to the safety benefits and even possiblecar insurance cost saving benefits from self-driving cars.

The "Drive Me - Self-Driving Cars for Sustainable Mobility" initiative is a joint venture between Volvo Car Group, the Swedish Transport Administration, the Swedish Transport Agency, Lindholmen Science Park and the City of Gothenburg.

Erik Coelingh, Volvo Car Group technical specialist, said: "Our aim is for the car to be able to handle all possible traffic scenarios by itself, including leaving the traffic flow and finding a safe 'harbour' if the driver for any reason is unable to regain control."

The project will begin next year with customer research and technology development the initial aims.

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