Volvo, the premium car maker, plans to launch China’s most advanced Autonomous Driving experiment in which local drivers will test autonomous driving cars on public roads in everyday driving conditions.
Volvo expects the experiment to involve up to 100 cars and will in coming months begin negotiations with interested cities in China to see which is able to provide the necessary permissions, regulations and infrastructure to allow the experiment to go ahead.
The Swedish company believes the introduction of Autonomous Driving technology promises to reduce car accidents as well as free up congested roads, reduce pollution and allows drivers to use their time in their cars more valuably.
Volvo is a name synonymous with automotive safety ever since it invented the seat belt in 1959. Now pioneering the development of Autonomous Driving (AD) systems as part of its commitment that no one will be seriously injured or killed in a new Volvo by the year 2020.
The introduction of AD cars promises to revolutionise China’s roads in four main areas – safety, congestion, pollution and time saving.
Independent research has revealed that AD have the potential to reduce the number of car accidents very significantly with up to 90 per cent of all accidents caused by human error.
In terms of congestion, AD cars allow traffic to move more smoothly, reducing traffic jams and by extension emissions and air pollution.
Håkan Samuelsson, President and Chief Executive of Volvo says:
“Autonomous driving can make a significant contribution to road safety, the sooner AD cars are on the roads, the sooner lives will start being saved.”
“There are multiple benefits to AD cars, that is why governments need to put in place the legislation to allow AD cars onto the streets as soon as possible. The car industry cannot do it all by itself. We need governmental help”