2/23/2015

Volvo Readies Full Self-Driving Vehicle System

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Volvo Car Group expects to begin testing a fleet of 100 self-driving cars in Gothenburg, Sweden, about two years from now.

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Volvo Car Group expects to begin testing a fleet of 100 self-driving cars in Gothenburg, Sweden, about two years from now.

The vehicles are being developed through the Drive Me project launched a year ago by Volvo, Swedish transport authorities and the city of Gothenburg. Volvo's goal is to create a fault-tolerant system that can fully pilot a vehicle in a wide variety of complex traffic conditions. The system also is designed to automatically and safety bring the car to a halt f an element of the system fails.

The Volvo system is designed to alert the driver to resume control if, for example, weather conditions incapacitate its sensors or the end of the trip has been reached. If the driver fails to resume control in time, the car safety pulls over and parks.

The Drive Me technology blends multiple radars, cameras and sensors, high-definition 3-D digital mapping, high-performance GPS and traffic data supplied by the cloud.