Doomsday is Nigh: Volvo Unleashes 100 Autonomous Cars on Gothenburg

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A world of the self-driving cars will emerge in your lifetime.

Volvo has just unleashed 100 autonomous prototypes on its native city of Gothenburg as part of the carmaker's Drive Me project. The self-driving cars will be driven in everyday conditions on well-used roads – from commuter arteries to motorways – with around 31 miles of roadways to be used as part of the test. Volvo isn’t the only company working on autonomous driving systems, but the firm insists its Drive Me project is unique as legislators, transport authorities and customers are all involved, giving it a real-world application.

According to Volvo Technical Specialist Erik Coelingh, “the test cars are now able to handle lane following, speed adaption and merging traffic all by themselves. This is an important step towards our aim that the final ‘Drive Me’ cars will be able to drive the whole test route in highly autonomous mode."

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