autonomous driving

What is autonomous driving?

We believe that mobility should be safer, sustainable and more convenient. For Volvo Cars, technology should make people’s lives easier. That’s why our approach to autonomous driving is all about the people that will use them. Our future cars will be able to navigate without human input, equipped with sensors that read the surroundings, adapting to changing traffic conditions.

Unsupervised driving

In unsupervised autonomous mode, a vehicle performs all the driving because it is safe to rely on the technology to steer, brake and accelerate. People on board the vehicle are not expected to have control of the car.

Supervised driving

For years, Volvos have been able to support the driving experience, helping the vehicle keep its distance with the car in front or staying in the lane. However, even cars that offer steering, distance, and speed support need constant supervision by the driver.

Why autonomous cars?

Unsupervised autonomous cars will revolutionise society, boost global economies and transform the way we manage our time. As the biggest change to personal mobility since the invention of the car 130 years ago, we think there’s a lot to look forward to. At Volvo Cars we believe that our first unsupervised autonomous vehicles will be in the market by 2021. What makes our approach to autonomous driving so unique is that we focus on people – not just on technology.

How we got here

Today, Volvo Cars is a leading authority on autonomous technology. Explore the technical innovations and the research that have enabled us to be confident about our future self-driving vehicles.
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