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Driverless Volvo trial in Australia hailed “a success”

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Volvo’s test of two driverless XC90 vehicles on Adelaide’s Southern Expressway has been described as a “success” by the team behind it.

The International Business Times reports that it underwent an “array of exercises” last weekend including automatic lane keeping, adaptive cruise control and active queue assist without human intervention.

The report says the South Australian Premier Jay Weatherill along with deputy police commissioner Linda Williams accompanied one of the two vehicles being tested in Adelaide.  It says he “expresses immense hope in this maiden initiative and was thrilled to be part of this experience”.  South Australia is the only state to revise its road laws to allow driverless vehicles on busy roads.

The introduction of fully autonomous vehicles will require necessary regulatory approvals to operate into the everyday traffic.

Earlier this year, Volvo launched a public pilot program to be officially launched in Sweden by 2017.  The program will see 100 self driving cars being tested by common people on certain roads in Gothenburg, Sweden.


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