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Volvo's Self-Driving Cars Edge Closer to Reality


Just the Facts:
  • Volvo's first self-driving Autopilot cars are deployed on public roads in Sweden as the automaker enters a crucial new phase in the effort to bring autonomous cars to market.
  • Volvo said it has begun testing 100 self-driving cars in a project called "Drive Me."
  • "The test cars are now able to handle lane following, speed adaption and merging traffic all by themselves," said Volvo's Erik Coelingh in a statement on Tuesday.

GOTHENBURG, Sweden — Volvo's first self-driving Autopilot cars are deployed on public roads in Sweden as the automaker enters a crucial new phase in the effort to bring autonomous cars to market.

Volvo said it has begun testing 100 self-driving cars in a project called "Drive Me."

"The test cars are now able to handle lane following, speed adaption and merging traffic all by themselves," said Volvo's Erik Coelingh in a statement on Tuesday. "This is an important step towards our aim that the final ‘Drive Me' cars will be able to drive the whole test route in highly autonomous mode.

"The technology, which will be called Autopilot, enables the driver to hand over the driving to the vehicle, which takes care of all driving functions."

Coelingh is a technical specialist at Volvo Car Group.

Volvo said the cars are equipped with radar, camera and laser technology. It derived the Autopilot name from the autopilot function in an aircraft.

Earlier this week, Google announced that it has begun testing self-driving cars on city streets in California.

Edmunds says: Self-driving cars are rapidly becoming reality, as automakers vie for the lead in this futuristic quest.

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