Volvo Cars has introduced its first autonomous self-driving car project – Drive Me, in Gothenburg. Testing of the vehicles will be conducted in a real-life situation and for this, the company has selected safe and popular routes in Gothenburg, where Volvo has tested the car with a speed of around 70 km/h.
The car uses IntelliSafe Autopilot, which will help in supporting the cars with infrastructure on public roads . The cars equipped with Drive Me will consist of the latest self-driving technology, which is said to be the most advanced and intelligent technology from Volvo. As of now, no Volvo model is equipped with the new technology, but the test has been carried out in the Volvo XC90.
The car with Drive Me technology features 4 Radars that give a field view of the surroundings with a 140-degree angle. The cameras provide an 180-degree view and the laser sensors offer a 130-degree view, while the car is also equipped with 12 Ultrasonic sensors. Besides this, there is also a Cloud-based 3D digital map with GPS for navigation.
For this project, the Swedish automaker has partnered with Autoliv, while, the project has been financed by FFI - Strategic Vehicle Research and Innovation. Volvo is planning to first launch the Drive Me project in China in 2017, and later in different parts of the world.