Volvo will begin testing autonomous cars on the roads of SwedenJanuary 30, 2019
Zenuity, a joint venture of Volvo and Veoneer, has received permission from the Swedish transport agency to conduct test runs of autonomous vehicles on public roads.
We are talking about the usual highways between several cities in Sweden – Stockholm and Malmo, Jonkoping and Geterborg, as well as between Gothenburg and Malmo. Autonomous cars were allowed to move on them at speeds up to 80 km / h.
At the same time, the company was obliged to have a person in the driver’s cabin anyway, but his hands may not touch the steering wheel. In fact, he will be only a passenger of the vehicle, and he will be led by a special system with software of 4 levels of autonomy.
Of course, waiting for such cars for sale in the near future is not worth it. According to Veoneer, for now, Zenuity will just be testing autonomous data collection systems. Volvo had previously done similar work on its own to collect information about the driver’s reactions to the situation.
However, Volvo is moving hard in this direction, and wants to start selling cars that can drive independently after 2021. Moreover, by 2025, a third of sales of all cars of the brand should fall on models with an autonomous control system (without driver participation).
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