After announcing plans to begin self-driving trials in China next year, Volvo also revealed its intentions of launching similar projects in the United States as well.
Last week, the Swedish brand owned by China’s Geely said it would launch an experiment in China to involve up to 100 cars in which local drivers will test self-driving cars on public roads in everyday driving conditions. Furthermore, Volvo is also aiming to deploy its autonomous vehicles in the United States, Automotive News reports. “Our ambition is to have a similar project also in the United States,” Lex Kerssemakers, CEO of Volvo Cars of North America said in an interview at the National Automobile Dealers Association convention in the US.
The company has not yet set a timeframe for this move. “When? I do not know. It is very premature. It is in the very early stages,” he added. It will definitely follow Volvo’s initial strategy to tests 100 self-driving XC90 SUVs on certain roads around the company’s hometown of Gothenburg. Kerssemakers said the United States, with its big cities and traffic, is well-suited for drive-assist systems and autonomous driving. The brand has pledged to further develop autonomous systems as part of its commitment that no one will be seriously injured or killed in a new Volvo by the end of the decade.
Volvo’s latest models, the S90 premium saloon and the XC90 SUV, come packed with an advanced semi-autonomous drive feature, Pilot Assist – a system which gives gentle steering inputs to keep the car properly aligned within lane markings up to motorway speeds of around 130 km/h.
Via Automotive News