Here at ACC UK Ltd, Independent Volvo & Toyota Servicing, Repair and MOT Specialists of Farnborough, Hampshire, we hope you like reading our weekly blogs about car safety, tips on how to drive in varying weather conditions and tips on how you can save money on ever increasing motoring costs. This blog today is all about how Volvo have started testing their self drive cars on the road.....one for the future? We will let you decide!
If you venture off to Gothenburg, in Sweden, you might be forgiven for thinking that the future of motoring is already there as a fleet of more than 100 self-driving cars have taken to the city’s streets.
A new ground-breaking project called ‘Drive Me’, run by Gothenburg resident Volvo is now underway, with the Swedish native brand reporting that its new Autopilot technology is already performing well in its first real-world driving tests.
A collaboration between Volvo and the Swedish Transport Administration, the Swedish Transport Agency and Lindholmen Science Park, the project will see drivers test the cars in everyday driving conditions on around 50kms on selected roads in and around Gothenburg. This includes driving in slow-moving congested urban conditions and in motorway conditions.
“The test cars are now able to handle lane following, speed adaption and merging traffic all by themselves. This is an important step towards our aim that the final ‘Drive Me’ cars will be able to drive the whole test route in highly autonomous mode. The technology, which will be aptly called Autopilot, enables the driver to hand over the driving to the vehicle, which takes care of all driving functions,” says Erik Coelingh, Technical Specialist at Volvo Car Group.
“That Volvo Cars’ hometown Gothenburg becomes the world’s first arena for self-driving cars in everyday driving conditions demonstrates both our technological leadership and Sweden’s dedication to pioneering the integration of self-driving vehicles,” adds Coelingh.
Volvo’s self-driving cars use radar, camera and laser technology to navigate their way around. But the carmaker has also been experimenting with the development of special magnets which, when implanted into the road, help ensure the accuracy of road positioning for the driverless cars.
The carmaker is one of the first to test self-driving cars on public roads along with Google, which has been running trials of autonomous cars over in the USA.
What do you think of this latest technology? Is it something you would be interested in with regards to a car for the future? We have had mixed responses from our customers. Responses ranging from "I would prefer to be fully in control of my car", "How can the technology possibly respond the traffic suddenly stopping ahead?", "It would make my daily arduous commute to work stress free", "i'm not sure that i would want to place all my trust in technology".
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