Swedish automaker Volvo has begun testing a fleet of autonomous cars on the streets of the city of Gothenburg as part of its 'Drive Me' campaign. A 100 self-driving cars have been driving members of the public on 50 km of commuter routes in the city. The project is being undertaken with the cooperation of federal and local government agencies.
These test cars are able to stay in line, adapt to the required speed and merge into traffic all by themselves. The final versions of the 'Drive Me' cars will be able to drive entire test routes in highly autonomous mode. The cars will have Volvo's aptly-named Autopilot technology, which allows drivers to hand over all driving functions to the vehicle.
"This public pilot will provide us with a valuable insight into the societal benefits of making autonomous vehicles a natural part of the traffic environment," says Volvo technical specialist Erik Coeling