Volvo Car Group is fast-tracking plans to build 100 self-driving cars and get them on the streets of Gothenburg, Sweden in 2017. According to the (now) Chinese-owned company, its new $76.2 million pilot project “Drive It” program expects to have the cars rolling along “30 miles of public roads while encountering heavy commuter traffic, pedestrians and shifting highway conditions,” in three years. They also state that the “non-driver cars will be able to seek out a parking spot, and park without any humans needed.”
“By launching a test of autonomous vehicles on this scale, we, along with the Swedish Transport Administration, the Swedish Transport Agency, and Lindholmen Science Park, as well as the City of Gothenburg) hope to demonstrate the safety and efficiency of self-driving cars’ stated, Volvo Car Group President and CEO of the Volvo Car Group Håkan Samuelsson.
He also noted that “Autonomous vehicles are an integrated part of Volvo Cars’ as well as the Swedish government’s vision of zero traffic fatalities. This public pilot represents an important step towards this goal. It will give us an insight into the technological challenges at the same time as we get valuable feedback from real customers driving on public roads.”
A large part of their overall goal is that “no one be killed or seriously injured in any of their cars by 2020.”