Swedish Transport Agency allows use of self-driving Volvo cars
Volvo, one of the leading partners of the CAD initiative, has got the permission from Swedish Transport Agency to test their self-driving cars on the streets in the Gothenburg area. With this allowance, Volvo is coming closer to its target of bringing automated driving to the market by 2021.
Indeed, documents obtained by Swedish website DI Digital reveal that autonomous cars will be allowed for testing purposes on motorways and streets in the Gothenburg area under certain conditions. The presence of a trained driver that constantly keeps at least one hand on the wheel is officially required by Swedish Transport Agency. Furthermore, the cars are not allowed to exceed 60 kilometers per hour when the self-driving features are activated.
This permission goes in line with Volvo’s efforts to guarantee autonomous vehicle testing in real-life conditions. In December 2017 the Swedish auto giant announced that they selected a group of families to test the company’s self-driving XC90. This project got blocked by the Transport Agency as Volvo was forced to provide additional documentation. Nevertheless, it is not yet clear if Volvo will only be using its self-driving XC90s for the newly-approved Gothenburg tests or if they also include other models.
When announcing its futuristic concept car Volvo 360c, which is fully electric and autonomous, company president and CEO Håkan Samuelsson said that “the business will change in the coming years and Volvo should lead that change of our industry.” Indeed, with the new Volvo 360c, Volvo harmonises with the trend of car manufacturers promoting self-driving cars as a new way of transportation. He added that “autonomous driving will allow us to take the big next step in safety but also open up exciting new business models and allow consumers to spend time in the car doing what they want to do.”