Imagine being able to switch your car to autopilot, just like a plane, then simply sit back and relax. Sounds far-fetched? It’s not: soon, your Volvo will be able to steer, accelerate and brake itself, taking you safely and efficiently to your destination.
It’s arriving sooner than you might think. Self-driving Volvos are already on Swedish roads, and by 2017, real-world customers will be using 100 self-driving Volvos on public roads—the world’s first large-scale autonomous drive project. It’s a partnership between Volvo Car Group, the Swedish Transport Administration, the Swedish Transport Agency, Lindholmen Science Park and the City of Gothenburg, and is endorsed by the Swedish Government.
It’s all part of Volvo Cars’ IntelliSafe approach, helping reduce stress for you and congestion on our roads.
How will you use the extra time you’ll have when your car starts to drive itself? Relax with a newspaper? Meet those last-minute deadlines? Or read a story to the kids? What’s more, you won’t even need to stay in your car when it’s time to park it—you can leave it to find its own vacant spot and park by itself.
Even in a self-driving car, you’re always in control when you want to be. You can mix and match your journey with both autonomous and active driving. And there is no doubt that Autopilot driving technology has the potential to improve road safety dramatically, helping Volvo Cars to reach its goal that nobody should be killed or seriously injured in a new Volvo by 2020.
Since you need to brake and accelerate less in your self-driving car, you’ll use significantly less fuel—up to up to 50 per cent in certain situations. That means lower bills for you, fewer harmful emissions for the environment, and better air quality for all.
Self-driving vehicles open up exciting new possibilities for the way our world is designed. For example, we might be able to liberate extra space for pedestrians and cyclists by building cost-efficient, compact tunnels especially for self-driving cars.
You can already experience autonomous driving features in our cars. For instance, the all-new Volvo XC90 has automatic braking at intersections—so if you turn in front of an oncoming vehicle, the car will apply the brakes for you.