100 Self-Driving Cars Set to Hit Sweden’s Public Roads in 2017
Volvo just unveiled plans for the world’s first large-scale trial of self-driving cars. The ‘Drive Me’ project will see 100 autonomous vehicles take to the streets of Gothenburg, Sweden in 2017. The cars will traverse 30 miles of public roads while encountering heavy commuter traffic, pedestrians and shifting highway conditions. While “non-drivers” will be behind the wheel during standard trips, Volvo anticipates that the cars will be able to seek out a parking spot, and park without the presence of a driver.
The $76.2 million pilot project is a collaboration between Volvo, the Swedish Transport Administration, the Swedish Transport Agency, Lindholmen Science Park and the City of Gothenburg, and it’s expected to place Sweden at the fore of autonomous driving technology and infrastructure development. While other companies, most notably Google, Toyota and Mercedes have been developing their own self-driving systems, tests on public roads have so far been limited to a small number of vehicles.