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In Sweden, 100 driverless cars to take to the streets

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In conjunction with Swedish officials, Volvo plans to send 100 autonomous cars out on to the streets of Gothenburg.

The Swedish automaker says that 100 autonomous vehicles will be piloted under the project name "Drive Me -- Self-driving cars for sustainable mobility." In 2017, the cars will drive approximately 30 miles around the streets of Gothenburg in a number of frequent driver conditions, including around residential areas, moving pedestrians, motorways and queues. The vehicles will also be expected to park themselves.

Volvo's pilot is meant to show how autonomous vehicles could improve road safety and transport efficiency, as well as research what changes to city infrastructure would be necessary to accommodate autonomous cars.

Working alongside the Swedish Transport Administration, The Swedish Transport Agency, Lindholmen Science Park and the City of Gothenburg, the now Chinese-owned firm will begin planning next year, starting with customer research and technological development.

Håkan Samuelsson, President and CEO of Volvo said:

"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."

Volvo is far from the only car manufacturer exploring the possibilities of turning vehicle control over to a computer. Google's self-driving car has clocked over 300,000 miles in testing so far, and U.K. researchers have adapted a Nissan Leaf electric car to be driven with only casual control by a human hand.

Via: The Telegraph

Image credit: Flickr

— By on December 2, 2013, 6:01 AM PST

Charlie Osborne

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