Volvo Car Group initiates a world unique Swedish pilot project with self-driving cars on public roads


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Stockholm, Sweden, December 2, 2013/PRNewswire/— 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.

The ground-breaking project ‘Drive Me – Self-driving cars for sustainable mobility’ is a joint initiative between Volvo Car Group, the Swedish Transport Administration, the Swedish Transport Agency, Lindholmen Science Park and the City of Gothenburg. Project ‘Drive Me’ is endorsed by the Swedish Government.

The aim is to pinpoint the societal benefits of autonomous driving and position Sweden and Volvo Cars as leaders in the development of future mobility.

“Autonomous vehicles are an integrated part of Volvo Cars’ as well as the Swedish government’s vision of zero traffic fatalities. This public pilot represents an important step towards this goal,” says Håkan Samuelsson, President and CEO of Volvo Car Group. “It will give us an insight into the technological challenges at the same time as we get valuable feedback from real customers driving on public roads.”

The pilot will involve self-driving cars using approximately 50 kilometres of selected roads in and around Gothenburg. These roads are typical commuter arteries and include motorway conditions and frequent queues. The project also includes fully automated parking, without a driver in the car.

‘Drive Me’ will commence in 2014 and the first cars are expected to be on the roads in Gothenburg by 2017.

Joining forces

Recognising that growing urbanisation continues to put pressure on transport systems in and around urban areas all over the world, ‘Drive Me’ addresses the need to join forces in the quest for a sustainable society and mobility.

“Sweden has developed unique co-operation between the authorities, the industry and the academic community. This has resulted in a world-leading position in traffic safety. Autonomous vehicles and a smarter infrastructure will bring us another step closer to even safer traffic and an improved environment. It will also contribute to new jobs and new opportunities in Sweden,” says Catharina Elmsäter-Svärd, the Swedish Minister for Infrastructure.

Self-driving vehicles can contribute to reducing infrastructure investments and enrich city life in other ways, such as by reducing emissions, and improving air quality and traffic safety.

Individual benefits

Autonomous driving will fundamentally change the way we look at driving cars, as you can plan your drive with a mix of autonomous and active driving. This makes the journey more time-efficient. You can safely interact via phone or tablets or simply choose to relax.

“The self-driving technology used in the pilot allows you to hand over the driving to the car when the circumstances are appropriate,” says Håkan Samuelsson.

The 100 Volvo cars will be new models developed on the upcoming Scalable Product Architecture (SPA), which is prepared for the continuous introduction of new support and safety systems all the way to technologies that enable highly autonomous drive. First out will be the all-new Volvo XC90, which will be introduced in 2014.

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Autonomous drive paves the way for more efficient time-management behind the wheel. The technology used in the pilot ´Drive Me – Self-driving cars for sustainable mobility’ allows you to hand over the driving to the car.
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Autonomous drive paves the way for more efficient time-management behind the wheel, e.g. in commuting situations with traffic jams. You can safely interact via phone or tablets or simply choose to relax.
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The self-driving cars in ´Drive Me – Self-driving cars for sustainable mobility´ have sensors that keep track of the car and the surrounding environment. Cars will also be connected to a cloud to get map data and other information.
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Self-driving cars are convenient and can allow drivers to use their travel time for other activities during pure transportation. This technology can also improve safety significantly, reduce fuel consumption and congestion.
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Autonomous drive paves the way for more efficient time-management behind the wheel. The technology used in the pilot ´Drive Me – Self-driving cars for sustainable mobility’ allows you to hand over the driving to the car.
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Self-driving cars are convenient and can allow drivers to use their travel time for other activities during pure transportation. This technology can also improve safety significantly, reduce fuel consumption and congestion.
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Self-driving cars are convenient and can allow drivers to use their travel time for other activities during pure transportation. This technology can also improve safety significantly, reduce fuel consumption and congestion.
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The driver uses a mobile phone application to activate the autonomous parking. The driverless car also interacts safely and smoothly with other cars and pedestrians in the car park.
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The driver uses a mobile phone application to activate the autonomous parking. The driverless car also interacts safely and smoothly with other cars and pedestrians in the car park.
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Autonomous drive paves the way for more efficient time-management behind the wheel. The technology used in the pilot ´Drive Me – Self-driving cars for sustainable mobility’ allows you to hand over the driving to the car.
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Swedish Minister for Infrastructure Catharina Elmsäter-Svärd and Håkan Samuelsson, CEO Volvo Cars Group at the press event for Drive Me in Stockholm, Sweden.
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Signing of project Drive Me: Staffan Widlert Swedish Transport Agency, Caroline Ottosson Swedish Transport Administration, Håkan Samuelsson Volvo Cars, Anneli Hultén City of Gothenburg, Niklas Wahlberg Lindholmen Science Park.
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Håkan Samuelsson presenting customer advantages with self-driving cars in the project Drive Me at the press event in Stockholm, Sweden.
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Prototype car in the research project Drive me – self driving cars for sustainable mobility.
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Swedish Minister for Infrastructure Catharina Elmsäter Svärd at the launch event for the joint unique partnership project Drive Me – self- driving cars for sustinable mobility.

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