Volvo Car Group’s groundbreaking project ‘Drive Me’ – featuring 100 self-driving Volvos on public roads in everyday driving conditions – is moving forward rapidly. The first test cars are already rolling around the city of Gothenburg (Sweden) and the sophisticated Autopilot technology is performing well.
„The test cars are now able to handle lane following, speed adaption and merging traffic all by themselves“, says Erik Coelingh, Technical Specialist at Volvo Car Group. „This is an important step towards our aim that the final ‚Drive Me‘ cars will be able to drive the whole test route in highly autonomous mode. The technology, which will be called Autopilot, enables the driver to hand over the driving to the vehicle, which takes care of all driving functions.“
The ‘Drive Me’ project is unique because it involves all key players: legislators, transport authorities, a major city, a vehicle manufacturer and real customers. The customers will drive the 100 cars in everyday driving conditions on approximately 50 kilometres of selected roads in and around Gothenburg. These roads are typical commuter arteries, including motorway conditions and frequent queues.