Volvo’s autonomous driving technology is London-bound

UK roads will play host to an exciting autonomous cars trial that’s being launched by Swedish vehicle manufacturer Volvo in 2017. Self-driving cars will take to the tarmac in the capital as part of the ‘Drive Me London’ test, where ordinary drivers will go about their everyday business on the city’s streets.

The varied travels of a families on public roads in semi-autonomous cars will provide much more useful test data than on the track, as trials performed in such a sterile environment are unrealistic and predictable. By 2018, 100 semi-autonomous cars will be trialling in London, pioneering the development of autonomous driving systems globally.

Data collected will be used to help Volvo reach its aim of having nobody killed or seriously injured in a new Volvo by 2020, with the marque already stating that it will accept liability for crashes in its autonomous cars.

Use of this technology promises to massively reduce car accidents as well as free up congested roads and save drivers valuable time – that means it’ll revolutionise Britain’s roads with regard to safety, traffic congestion, emissions and time saving.

Volvo President and Chief Executive, Håkan Samuelsson, said: ‘Autonomous driving represents a leap forward in car safety. The sooner AD cars are on the roads, the sooner lives will start being saved… Governments globally need to put in place the legislation and infrastructure to allow AD cars onto the streets as soon as possible. The car industry cannot do it all by itself. We need governmental help.’

Semi-autonomous technology features in both the new XC90 and impending S90, including adaptive cruise control with queue assist, plus automatic braking with pedestrian and large animal detection. Contact Lancaster to arrange a test drive in the advanced XC90 or to register your interest in the eagerly anticipated S90.