Volvo wants to test 100 autonomous cars in China

On Thursday morning, Swedish multinational automobile maker Volvo announced its plan to test 100 autonomous cars on the public roads in China in normal traffic conditions.

While speaking at the event regarding the project in Beijing, president and chief executive of Volvo, Hakan Samuelsson said that Autonomous driving can make a significant contribution to road safety and the sooner autonomous driving cars are on the roads, the better it would be.

Volvo's senior technical leader for safety and driver support technologies, Erik Coelingh said that they have seen all the really exciting developments in the technology, but what they are trying to do is to really understand how this can bring an impact to society, as well as to their customers.

"We felt that the best way to learn was to deploy 100 self-driving cars with ordinary customers behind the steering wheel on public roads in order to learn about how the technology works; learn about how it impacts on safety and how ordinary customers would use a self- driving car," Coelingh said.

China is at number one position in terms of population, and it is obvious that the high traffic in the country is a big problem. The traffic safety issue for the people living in major Chinese cities could be solved with autonomous cars, as per Volvo.

The self-driving cars have the ability to sort out problems related to traffic jams but the technology still has a long way to go. Many technology and automobile giants are working on developing autonomous driving technology. The automobile sector believes that there is enormous potential in self-driving vehicle segment.

"We're providing technology which allows you do something else behind the steering wheel, which means the technology itself needs to be very, very robust, the car needs to be able to deal with all potential traffic scenarios" Coelingh said.

It is very attractive solution and Volvo wants to investigate whether they can bring this solution in reality or not, he added.


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