Volvo is making good on its promise of testing self-driving cars on the streets of Sweden by launching 100 test cars in Gothenburg. The Swedish automaker announced its self-driving car project, which is called "Drive Me", last December.
Volvo's fleet of semi-autonomous cars will navigate around 50 kilometres of commuter routes. The goal behind the project is to identify the infrastructure required to sustain self-driving cars and gauge how other drivers react to self-driving cars. Volvo's self-driving car will utilize magnets embedded below the surface of the roads to track its position within a lane. In a test conducted by Volvo in March, it was found that these magnets were effective in relaying reliable positioning information to the cars.
While the earlier tests were in simulated conditions, this time around Volvo will allow customers to get behind the wheel of the self-driving car and take a ride. Volvo's tech specialist Erik Coelingh states that the technology is advanced enough that these cars would be able to handle lane following, adapting to speed limits and merging traffic all by themselves without driver intervention. Volvo's efforts are similar to what Google has been trying to achieve with its self-driving car, which can now handle the chaos of city driving.