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If a project by Volvo reaps benefits, the future of driving does not need a driver

By Akram_saheed on 04 Dec 2013

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Remember the films Demolition Man or i,Robot where cars of the future could drive on their own? Well, Volvo is bringing science fiction a notch closer to reality. Volvo Cars aims to play a leading role in the world’s first large-scale autonomous driving pilot project - where 100 self-driving Volvo cars will use public roads in everyday driving conditions around the city of Gothenburg, Sweden.
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The ‘Drive Me – Self-driving cars for sustainable mobility’ project is a joint initiative between Volvo, the Swedish Transport Administration, the Swedish Transport Agency, Lindholmen Science Park and the City of Gothenburg - endorsed by the Swedish Government. The pilot will involve self-driving cars using approximately 50km of selected roads in and around Gothenburg.
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More than cars, the project will focus on areas such as societal and economic benefits of autonomous vehicles, infrastructure requirements and customers’ confidence, among others. Volvo believes self-driving vehicles can also enrich city life in other ways, such as by lowered emissions which benefits air quality and traffic safety.
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The project will commence in 2014 with the first cars expected to be on the roads by 2017.
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The cars driven by customers will be new models including the all new Volvo XC90, which will be introduced in 2014.
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The project also includes fully automated parking - a concept which allows the driver to walk away from the car at the parking entrance while the vehicle finds a vacant spot and parks by itself.
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2cents Dec 04 2013 10:52 AM

wonder how will insurance companies charge for such a vehicle.  

Fett Dec 04 2013 12:34 PM

Will we still get saman for using handphone with this feature?

Buddybooze Dec 05 2013 09:47 AM

"if a project by Volvo reaps benefits, the future of driving does not need a driver"... so volvo benefits = driver lugi?

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