11:00 PM | February 24 2017

AD technology in the spotlight at congressional hearing

Anders Kärrberg, vice president of Government Affairs, “Despite the important developments and major technological advances, the US lacks the critical consistent national framework to advance these life-saving technologies”
As self-driving cars become a familiar sight in roads across the US, lawmakers in the House of Representatives invited senior executives from the automotive industry to explain their challenges deploying the technology. As one of the largest automotive markets in the world – the US is key to the development and testing of autonomous driving vehicles.

Anders Kärrberg, Volvo Cars’ vice president of Government Affairs, had a clear message for lawmakers: autonomous cars offer a huge opportunity to redesign personal mobility and improve traffic safety – a clear, consistent legislative framework will help technology arrive early on the market and potentially save lives.

Rather than discussing the theoretical benefits of self-driving cars, representatives and industry leaders discussed next steps to deliver safe technologies compatible with both innovation and consumer protection.

Kärrberg reminded that Volvo has pioneered the commercial introduction of active and passive safety systems – from automatic emergency braking to lane-departure warning and pedestrian detection. Volvos are built already today to automatically act to prevent or mitigate crashes – a precursor of self-driving technology.

Volvo Cars is also a leading partner in the Drive Me research project, which rolls out in Gothenburg, Sweden, this year. London and China will follow suit as additional locations over the next months. Volvo’s goal is to offer customers a fully autonomous car by 2021.

The Drive Me project is a collaborative research program consisting of several players from public, private and academic fields. It is probably the most advanced, ambitious and extensive real-life autonomous drive project in existence.