Autopilot – expecting the unexpected
Volvo Cars’ Drive Me trial will put 100 self-driving cars on public roads in 2017 and the IntelliSafe Autopilot technology they use will be capable of handling every aspect of driving, including assessing hazardous situations, Trent said. “The self-driving cars in the Drive Me project are extremely intelligent – unlike us humans, they can monitor a full 360° view around the car. They never become distracted or fall asleep. They are programmed to drive carefully and to stay away from critical situations. If there is an emergency, they react quicker than most humans.”
Although it is impossible to guarantee that Volvo Cars’ self-driving cars will be able to avoid all crashes, they will be prepared for extreme situations, Trent said. “If a situation that can’t be foreseen occurs, the system is programmed to follow the traffic rules, stay in the lane and brake as hard as possible to avoid or mitigate the situation,” explains Trent. “Our car will never have to make the choice between driving into a pedestrian or another car, for example."