Volvo choose London's roads to test their autonomous car next year. DRIVE ME LONDON

Volvo’s UK test, called Drive Me London, will go a step further than other programmes by using real families driving autonomous cars on public roads. The manufacturer has conducted tests with the same vehicles in Gothenburg since 2014, and plans a parallel public trial in the Swedish city next year.

Driverless technology will massively reduce the number of car accidents, cut congestion on roads and save time for motorists, Volvo says. Håkan Samuelsson, its president and chief executive, said: “Autonomous driving represents a leap forward in car safety. The sooner AD cars are on the roads, the sooner lives will start being saved.

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The cars will record data from everyday users to help develop driverless cars for real-world conditions. It hopes to start the trials in early 2017 with a limited number of semi-autonomous cars, before placing up to 100 fully autonomous vehicles on the streets in 2018, in what the carmaker claims will be the most extensive public rollout of the technology in Britain.

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Volvo, along with the rest of the auto industry, has been aggressively developing semi-autonomous and fully autonomous driving technology. Volvo’s goal, other than keeping up with its rivals, is that no drivers will be seriously injured or killed in a new Volvo by the year 2020.

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Earlier this month, Volvo announced that it would expand a separate self-driving car project to China that it announced three weeks ago. Volvo, which was acquired by Zhejiang Geely Holding of China in 2010, has not picked a Chinese city for the project or disclosed when it will start.

 

 

 

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