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Volvo take autonomous driving ambitions to China

11.04.2016

Volvo is a brand that has struck a bit of form of late; its new XC90 has racked up numerous awards both locally and internationally while its entire product range is set to be replaced in the next few years.

Volvo has always focused on safety and therefore the brand believes in autonomous driving which is why it has plans to launch a new project in China.

The experiment will involve around 100 cars and will, in the coming months, begin negotiations with interested cities in China to see which are able to provide the necessary permissions, regulations and infrastructure to allow the experiment to go ahead.

Volvo believes the introduction of autonomous driving (AD) technology promises to reduce car accidents as well as free-up congested roads, reduce pollution and allow drivers to use time spent in their cars more valuably.

“Autonomous driving can make a significant contribution to road safety,” Håkan Samuelsson, president and chief executive of Volvo Cars told a seminar in Beijing on 07 April, entitled ‘Autonomous Driving – could China take the lead?’. “The sooner AD cars are on the roads, the sooner lives will be saved.”

Samuelsson welcomed the positive steps that China has taken to develop autonomous driving technologies, but also encouraged the nation to do more to try and speed up the implementation of the regulations that will oversee autonomous driving cars in future.

“There are multiple benefits to AD cars,” said Samuelsson. “That is why governments need to put the necessary legislation in place to allow AD cars onto the streets as soon as possible. The car industry cannot do it all by itself. We need governmental assistance.” Samuelsson concluded.

Do you think that autonomous driving is the way of the future?

Here's a video outlining the project. 

Article written by Autodealer
11.04.2016
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