Volvo is previewing the interface for its self-driving cars, and wants to make sure it is as user friendly as possible.
Called the IntelliSafe Auto Pilot interface, Volvo designed it to be simple and intuitive with the autonomous mode activated and deactivated with specially designed paddles on the steering wheel. Showing off a safe and seamless handover of control, the vehicle will give the driver a message when Auto Pilot is ready. Along with the message, lights on the steering-wheel paddles will start flashing when the vehicle enters a route where autonomous driving is available.
The driver can then easily pull both paddles at the same time to activate autonomous mode, at which point the lights on the paddles turn green and Auto Pilot confirms that driving and supervision has been delegated to the car.
When autonomous driving is no longer available, the driver will be prompted to take control of the vehicle with a 60-second countdown displaying. If the driver for any reason doesn’t take control of the vehicle within 60 seconds, the car will bring itself to a safe stop.
The company’s IntelliSafe Auto Pilot will make its debut on the 100 XC90 SUVs it is making available as part of the Drive Me project in Gothenburg in 2017. Those vehicles will be driven autonomously on approximately 31 miles of selected roadways.
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