VOLVO CAR GROUP LANCE UN PROJET UNIQUE AU MONDE DE VOITURES A CONDUITE AUTONOME SUR ROUTES OUVERTES

While some car companies are looking to build fully-autonomous vehicles that can handle both highway and urban environments in the near future, Volvo is apparently steering clear of the latter. According to Autocar, the company believes that the average customer doesn’t want a car that will drive itself in the city.

“We have no ambition to have a car that could drive in urban environments from A to B,” said CEO Håkan Samuelsson. “If you’re a normal consumer, is that really what you are dreaming about? We believe more that in a situation where it’s not really fun to drive, you can switch on the autopilot and then sit back and do something else, using that time more productively. That is the product we are developing.”

These comments come ahead of Volvo’s planned trial of its Intellisafe Auto Pilot system, as part of its Drive Me initiative, that is slated to kick off next year – the company will be providing the public with 100 XC90s fitted with the system, which will be tested on selected roads around the company’s home city of Gothenburg, Sweden. A smaller programme in London will also be conducted.

Volvo XC90 Drive Me

Volvo’s approach to autonomous driving is a little different from those of other carmakers – while some have stated that drivers will retain at least partial responsibility if anything untoward happens in autonomous mode, Samuelsson claimed that Volvo was determined to stand behind its system.

“If you want to be in that market, you have to take that liability,” he said. “If you’re not ready to do that then you must do something else. Volvo would not market something you can switch on and then relax if it’s not a redundant system which is absolutely safe and secure.”