IntelliSafe Auto Pilot interface

Volvo’s upcoming autonomous driving function is called Intellisafe Auto Pilot and it is expected to feature on a hundred XC90 SUVs for its 2017 autonomous driving project entitled, “Drive Me” in Gothenburg, Sweden.

With two paddles placed behind the steering wheels, drivers need to put both hands on the steering and pull on both paddles at the same time. When the two light strips on the paddles turns to a constant green, the auto pilot system will then notify the driver that the driving and supervision has been passed on to the car.

It will however only work with selected routes. That said, the car will automatically notify drivers when routes that allow for autonomous driving becomes available. Following that, lights on the paddles will also start flashing to signal that the self-driving function is ready and can be engaged.

When coming out of the route where the self-driving function is no longer available, the system will prompt the driver to take over. Here, a 60 second countdown is displayed in the instrument cluster – the amount of time in which the driver is required to put his hands back on the wheel, pull onto both paddles so as to acknowledge that the driver is now in control.

Should drivers fail to do so within that one minute window, the car will safely pull over to a stop on its own. Thomas Ingenlath, senior VP of Design at Volvo Cars said, “we have designed a user interface that is safe and seamless to use so that drivers can confidently transfer and regain control of the car.” It certainly sounds more interesting than a button.

The “Drive Me” project in Gothenburg stretches approximately 50 km on selected roads. Families and commuters around Gothenburg will be invited to experience it in an XC90. The system will then be introduced to the masses following that.