Volvo has announced it will begin what it calls “the UK’s most ambitious autonomous driving trial” next year.
It says the work in London is intended to speed up the introduction of a technology that “promises to massively reduce car accidents as well as free up congested roads and save drivers valuable time.”
In an announcement, Volvo said it is “pioneering the development of autonomous driving systems globally as part of its commitment that no one will be seriously injured or killed in a new Volvo by the year 2020.
“Autonomous driving represents a leap forward in car safety,” said Håkan Samuelsson, president and chief executive, “The sooner AD cars are on the roads, the sooner lives will start being saved.”
Volvo adds that Mr Samuelsson will make further comments at a seminar sponsored by Volvo and Thatcham, the insurance industry’s research organisation, in London on May 3 entitled ‘A Future with Autonomous Driving Cars – Implications for the Insurance Industry’ at the America Conference Centre.
Mailonline reports that adapted versions of Volvo’s XC90 sport utility vehicle will be used in the trials. fitted with additional computer systems, cameras and sensors to enable them to carry out steering, lane changes, acceleration and braking without driver control.
Data from the scheme will be analysed by Volvo to help it develop AD cars. The firm has not confirmed which parts of the capital will be used for the trial.