Volvo Testing Self-Driving Cars on Public Roads

Volvo Testing Self-Driving Cars on Public Roads

If you happen to be in Gothenburg, Sweden there’s a chance you’ll see a self-driving Volvo vehicle.

Volvo announced today that it is testing self-driving cars on public roads there in a project called “Drive Me.” The company plans to name its self-driving technology “Autopilot.”

“The test cars are now able to handle lane following, speed adaption and merging traffic all by themselves,” Volvo technical specialist Erik Coelingh said.

Autonomous vehicle testing on public roads is nothing new. Nevada, California, Florida and the District of Columbia all allow companies to conduct self-driving vehicle research in normal traffic. Nevada as the first give a green light in 2012.

But Volvo’s tests differ from what other companies like Google are doing. The Swedish automaker is putting its customers behind the wheel of the 100-vehicle fleet. Participants will drive the cars on approximately 50 kilometers of selected roads around Gothenburg that Volvo says will give an accurate representation of being in commuter traffic ranging from highways to stop-and-go traffic.

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