BEIJING – Volvo Car Group demonstrated its groundbreaking technology for putting self-driving cars in the hands of real customers by 2017 in Beijing at the end of March, according to a company news release.
Volvo Cars presented a unique, complete system solution that makes it possible to integrate self-driving cars into real traffic – with ordinary people in the driver’s seat.
Bringing the technology to China is part of Volvo Cars’ efforts to demonstrate how self-driving vehicles address the global sustainable mobility challenges and contribute to the societal development.
The Drive Me project, which will feature 100 high-tech cars, will start rolling on selected roads around Gothenburg by 2017. The Swedish government is a partner in the Drive Me project through the Swedish Traffic Administration and the Swedish Transport Agency.
“Smart vehicles are a key part of the solution, but a broad societal approach is vital to offer sustainable personal mobility in the future,” said Lars Danielson, senior vice president, Volvo Cars China Operations at Volvo Car Croup. “The unique cooperation with the Swedish government in the Drive Me project is key to a successful implementation of self-driving vehicles. We are very pleased to be able to demonstrate this here in Beijing with the Swedish Prime Minister present.”
“The self-driving car is the kind of innovation that has the potential to pave the way towards a more safe and sustainable transportation future,” said Stefan Löfven, Prime Minister of Sweden, at the event. “I also believe that the government and industry cooperation in the Drive Me project, between the Swedish government, the City of Gothenburg and Volvo Cars, is needed in order to fully understand the challenges and opportunities with this type of technology. This may also be an area into which we can expand our Chinese-Swedish cooperation.”
In 2011, China and Sweden signed a Memorandum of Cooperation in working together on traffic safety, and Volvo Cars is a partner in the China-Sweden Traffic Research Center in Beijing.
Volvo Cars’ Vision 2020 states that no one should be seriously injured or killed in a new Volvo by 2020.