Volvo says people still want a steering wheel in autonomous cars image

Volvo made a survey of 10,000 respondents regarding the autonomous technologies and what people currently want from a self-driving car.

Some 10,000 people responded to a recent survey conducted by the Swedish automaker on what consumers currently want from autonomous cars and how they will embrace the technology. A majority of 92 percent of respondents believe that drivers should be able to take control of autonomous cars at any moment. “People have told us that they need to feel in control and have the choice of when to delegate driving to the car. Today, that need is ultimately fulfilled with the presence of a steering wheel,” said Anders Tylman-Mikiewicz General Manager of the Volvo Monitoring & Concept Center, “Therefore, a steering wheel is necessary until those needs change.”

Volvo’s Future of Driving survey also revealed that 81 percent of people agree that car manufacturers, not car owners, must take responsibility if an accident occurs when a car is driving autonomously, 90 percent feel that autonomous cars should be able to pass a human driving test, while 88 percent of people think that technology in autonomous cars should respect the love of driving.

Until full self-driving cars become mainstream, Volvo has also announced it will introduce an advanced version of the company’s semi-autonomous Pilot Assist software on the all-new Volvo S90 sedan and making it standard on all S90s sold in the United States. The system was first introduced on the 2016 Volvo XC90 and allows the car to accelerate, decelerate, come to a complete stop and steer in road conditions with clear lane markings based on the car in front, up to speeds of 30 mph. The second generation Pilot Assist on the S90 will allow these functions to work up to highway speeds of 80 mph without the need for a pilot car. The Volvo S90 will be the first car in the United States that makes semi-autonomous technology standard.

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