In the coming months, Volvo will ask ordinary citizens to use 100 self-driving cars in Gothenburg in Sweden. The world’s largest test of self-driving cars on public roads, this study will soon expand to other cities
There is much talk of self-driving cars, often more closely focused on the new technology than the emotional and practical impact these cars will have on the people using them. Wishing to move more in this direction, the Swedish giant Volvo has activated the Drive Me study project, which adopts a holistic and driver-centric approach. The study involves various players from the private, public and academic worlds. Driving experiments conducted with 100 cars in real traffic conditions on the roads around Volvo’s home city of Gothenburg will continue throughout 2017 and then expand to other cities and drivers worldwide.
“We want to learn more around how people feel when they engage and disengage autonomous drive, what the handover should be like, and what sort of things they would do in the car when it’s driving them to their destination,” added Henrik Green, senior vice-president of Volvo R&D. Volvo aim to develop a self-driving car for the market by 2021.