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.
Future autonomous Volvos will be even better at avoiding potential collisions than today’s cars. Because almost all road accidents are caused by human behaviour, journeys will be safer for all mobility users.
Because Volvo’s future unsupervised autonomous cars will know the conditions on the road ahead, they will optimise the use of the engine or brakes, reducing fuel consumption. By eliminating unnecessary acceleration, your autonomous vehicle will be quieter and more respectful with the environment.
In the future, you’ll be able to let your Volvo park itself, while you get on with other things. These cars will be able to find and park in a space, and even drop you off where you want to go first.
The least exciting part of your commute and those long journeys will no longer require your constant attention. Thanks to self-driving technology you will always arrive fresh at your destination.
Insurance premiums for self-driving cars could be much lower in the future. Think about it: the sensors that enable autonomous technology won’t get tired or distracted, greatly reducing the chance of a costly collision.
In a future self-driving Volvo, you will be able to decide how to spend the time on your commute. You will be free to read a book, prepare for a meeting, watch a movie or even learn new skills. With the average commute taking about 50 minutes per day, this will have a huge impact on our lives.
CarPlay takes the functions and apps you’re familiar with from your iPhone and makes them conveniently available via the centre display in your Volvo. Siri voice control even takes care of your SMS messages, so your attention stays safely on the road ahead.
Autonomous for the people
Volvo Cars visionary and academic Trent Victor talks about the psychology of autonomous driving and why it pays to expect the unexpected.
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