Volvo’s self-driving cars are heading to the United Kingdom next year.
The Swedish automaker has announced that it will launch the U.K.’s largest and most ambitious self-driving car trial yet in hopes of speeding up the introduction of a technology aimed to reduce car accidents while freeing up road congestion.
Volvo is also working on launching a self-driving car trial in China and plans on doing the same in the U.S., all part of its commitment that no one will be seriously injured or killed in a new Volvo by 2020.
The company’s U.K.-based test will be called “Drive Me London” and will use real families driving autonomous vehicles on public roads. The company will source its data from everyday users and will use the data to continue developing self-driving cars that can be used in real world driving conditions, rather than the unrealistic conditions found on test tracks.
Drive Me London will commence in early 2017 with a limited number of semi-autonomous vehicles. It will then expand in 2018 to include up to 100 fully autonomous vehicles, making it the largest and most extensive testing program on Britain’s streets.
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