Volvo is looking towards China to help test its self-driving technologies.
The company has announced plans to conduct China’s most advanced autonomous driving experiment, where local drivers will get to put self-driving cars to the test on public roads in everyday driving conditions. The Swedish-Chinese automaker plans to experiment with up to 100 cars and in the coming months and will begin negotiations with interested cities in China to see where it can get the necessary permissions, regulations and infrastructure for the experiment.
Like other automakers worldwide, Volvo believes that self-driving cars will not only reduce accidents, but free up congested roads, reduce pollution and allow drivers to use their time spent in cars more effectively.
“Autonomous driving can make a significant contribution to road safety,” Håkan Samuelsson, president and chief executive of Volvo will tell a seminar in Beijing on April 7 entitled ‘Autonomous driving – could China take the lead?’. “The sooner AD cars are on the roads, the sooner lives will start being saved.”
The introduction of AD cars will focus on revolutionizing China’s roads in four main areas: safety, congestion, pollution and time saving. Independent research has shown that up to 90 percent of all accidents are also caused by human error, which could be negated by autonomous vehicles.
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