Swedish carmaker Volvo has said that it will launch a real world test of 100 self-driving cars by 2017.
The project is a joint initiative between Volvo, the Swedish Transportation Administration, the Swedish Transport Agency, Lindholmen Science Park and Gothenburg local government.
The cars will be used on ‘public roads in everyday driving conditions’ on 50km of ‘typical commuter arteries, including motorways and frequent queues.’
“Our aim is for the car to be able to handle all possible traffic scenarios by itself, including leaving the traffic flow and finding a safe ‘harbour’ if the driver for any reason is unable to regain control,” said Erik Coelingh, technical specialist at Volvo Car Group.
Volvo says the vehicles in the pilot project are defined as ‘Highly Autonomous Cars’, which means that the ‘vehicle can handle all driving functions at the driver's discretion. The driver is expected to be available for occasional control but with a sufficiently comfortable transition time.’