Volvo To Trial Driverless Cars In California

Wed 12th Jan 2022

Swedish car manufacturer Volvo is to carry out the wor;d very first automated vehicle trial, in which passengers can travel with no driver behind the wheel.

The technology, which has been branded as Ride Pilot, will be tested on California’s roads sometime in 2022 and will be available in Volvo’s range of fully-electric SUVs once the trial has proven successful.

Volvo’s driverless vehicles will be powered by more than two dozen sensors, including Luminar’s cutting-edge Iris LiDAR sensor, as well as five radars, eight eight cameras an sixteen ultrasonic sensors. Volvo have already trialed the technology in Sweden but will take the driverless system to California where climate, traffic conditions and regulatory framework provide a favourable environment for autonomous driving.

“We are proud to announce the planned US launch of our first truly unsupervised autonomous driving feature, as we look to set a new industry standard for autonomy without compromising safety,” said Volvo’s head of research and development, Mats Moberg.

“[This is] a game-changer for Volvo Cars, as well as for automotive safety and autonomous driving.”

Self-driving car technology is nothing new in the United States, with Tesla’s Autopilot feature already grabbing plenty of headlines, both good and bad. However rather than aiding one element of the driving experience, it is expected that the Volvo tech will replace all aspects of driving. Many experts believe that driverless cars will make roads much safer.

Speaking to the Sun, Uswitch car insurance expert Florence Codjoe said: “The majority of traffic accidents which occur on the road are known to be caused by human error.

“Driver assistance technology has already committed to trying to reduce the cause of accidents occurring whilst driving.

“So self-driven technology will surely see an even greater reduction in human error accidents, therefore lowering the risk drivers present to insurers.

“Insurance companies will need to consider how premiums are priced with such cars, now that less risk is involved.”