Volvo XC90 Drive Me

Similar to its Drive Me project which will be carried out in Sweden, Volvo is looking to get up to 100 of its autonomous vehicles on the streets of China. It plans to test its driverless tech on public roads and in everyday driving situations there.

No timeline has been set, but the Swedish car maker said that it will begin negotiations with interested cities in the coming months. It will need to find a city with the necessary permissions, regulations and infrastructure suitable to its project.

Autonomous driving can make a significant contribution to road safety,” said Hakan Samuelsson, president and chief executive of Volvo. The car maker has long stood by its commitment that no one will be seriously injured or killed in a new Volvo by year 2020, and believes that driverless vehicles will aid its cause.

Volvo XC90 Drive Me

Speaking about China’s positive progress with developing autonomous driving technologies, the Volvo boss added that he wishes to speed up the implementation of the necessary regulations in the future. “There are multiple benefits of autonomous driving cars,” he said. “That is why governments need to put in place the legislation to allow autonomous vehicles onto the streets as soon as possible. The car industry cannot do it all by itself. We need governmental help.”

Volvo believes that driverless vehicles can greatly help to reduce road accidents in China. It states that up to 90% of all road accidents are caused by human error, and autonomous vehicles eliminate this issue. Congestion, pollution and time saving are other areas Volvo plans to improve with its driverless tech.

“It is natural for us to work together,” Samuelsson said. “Our starting point is that both the public and private sectors stand to benefit from new technologies and industries, so it is better to build bridges and work together than to all go in different directions.”