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6:00 PM | March 6 2017

A show of hands for no-hands

A new Volvo joint venture will have its finger on the autonomous technology pulse to develop leading hands-free-driving systems.

The momentum towards safer, more intelligent technology continues to be driven by Volvo Cars.

Volvo’s latest developments into Adaptive Cruise Control are already giving owners of the new 90-series a preview of the future of motoring, with drivers having the ability to engage the system and let the vehicle take control of the speed while it maintains a safe distance from the car in front. Further to this, 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 adaptive driving technology.

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Volvo is Latin for 'I roll' and was originally trademarked in 1915 with ball bearing production in mind. But 18 million cars later, Volvo has come to mean much more. 

Volvo started making cars in 1927 because we believed nobody else was making them strong enough or safe enough for Swedish roads. Along the way we’ve come up with dozens of innovations, some of which have changed the world. And it’s this proud history that continues our drive forward to the next great Volvo Cars idea.