The uniqueness of the program comes from the fact that costumers will be the ones to have a say in it and not Volvo’s technical staff. The participants in the program will be able to drive the cars on select rods around Volvo’s headquarter city Gothenburg.
Volvo flaunts the project as an extraordinary joint effort with the Swedish government, the city of Gothenburg and the Lindholmen Science Park. About 30 miles of highways in the city have been approved for the autonomous cars tests. The roads will only be used in special conditions when they are off traffic ours, walkers or cyclists.
A mixed type of drivers who drive on the preapproved course routinely will be picked for the test program including doubters and early adopters, experienced and novice drivers regardless of age.
Volvo will prepare 100 of its new XC90 hybrids with a rundown of sensors, radars, cams and lasers that will give the vehicle a 360-degree perspective of what’s happening out and about.
These incorporate a cam on all car sides, a radar on each of the auto’s four corners, a laser pointed ahead, an alternate pair of long-range radars pointed behind, and 12 ultrasonic sensors pointed around the auto.
Numerous current generation vehicles, from Bentleys to Kias, have standard or discretionary independent systems in their basic version. These incorporate radar-based journey control, parallel parking ‘skills’, pre-collision braking and path keeping support.
Audi rode a self-driving A7 model in restricted areas from Silicon Valley to Las Vegas for CES in January. Cadillac has pledged to bring a semi-self- driving roadway system to its vehicles starting in 2017. What’s more Mercedes finished a street test in Germany of and autonomy S500 sedan in 2013.
Coming back to Volvo, the carmaker’s systems will collect information about the streets continuously and will employ GPS to compare the vehicle’s area to a current 3D map.
Once the autos get to the end of the endorsed autonomous area, the driver will take over. On the off chance that the driver can’t, the auto will look fora safe spot to stop.
The car producer wanted to come up with a real-world program to collect date on how autonomous vehicles work on open streets, and what impact they could have on fuel usage, safety, traffic and urbanization. It’s a new step to Volvo’s expressed objective that no people would be killed or severely hurt in a new Volvo by 2020.
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