A show of hands for no-hands
The momentum for autonomous technology continues to be driven further by Volvo Cars.
Systems such as Pilot Assist are already giving owners of the new 90-series Volvos a preview of the future of motoring with the ability to steer the car hands-free in a lane. And a Drive Me trial in Gothenburg, Sweden, is allowing real families a world-first opportunity to test the full “hands-off, feet-off” driving experience.
Volvo Cars’ latest commitment to a technology it believes can reduce accidents, congestion and pollution is to form a company dedicated to self-driving and driver assistance systems.
Zenuity has been formed as an equal-split joint venture with Autoliv, a global leader in vehicle safety systems.
The new company will benefit from significant financial investment from Autoliv’s side, with the provision of certain intellectual property assets, and people, offered from Volvo.
Zenuity will focus on the development of the software that will control a vehicle’s actions rather than the driver, with the first autonomous driving technologies expected to be introduced in 2020 – the same year Volvo is aiming for no-one to be seriously injured or killed in a new Volvo. Driver assistance products will debut first, scheduled a year earlier in 2019.
An initial workforce of about 200 people formed between Volvo and Autoliv will more than triple in the medium term for a company that will be based primarily in Gothenburg, with supporting operations in Munich, Germany, and Detroit, North America.
Click here to read more about Volvo’s current semi-autonomous driving technology.