Swedish automaker Volvo is preparing to do a self-driving car experiment in China that will include up to 100 cars. Volvo announced this at an event in Beijing on 7 April, however, it didn’t provide any detail of a start date.
As per the company’s public statement, local drivers will test the cars on open streets in “everyday conditions.” However, the company has already shown off its self-driving prototype at the Consumer Electronics Show (CES) 2016.
“Autonomous driving can make a significant contribution to road safety. The sooner autonomous cars are on the roads, the sooner lives will start being saved,” said company president and chief executive Håkan Samuelsson at a Beijing conference.”
Said Hakan Samuelsson, president and chief executive of Volvo.
Volvo, owned by a Chinese firm, Zhejiang Geely Holding Group Co., is currently deciding in which city to lead the trials.
One expert said he thought China was at the front line of the advancement of self-driving cars.
Volvo has a similar test in progress in its hometown, Gothenburg, Sweden. The car is called S90 Sedan and it’s going to be the first car in Sweden to sport several self-driving features available, like automatic lane switching.
“Autonomous driving is not just about car technology. We need the right rules and the right laws, that is why governments need to put in place the legislation to allow autonomous driving cars onto the streets as soon as possible. The car industry cannot do it all by itself. We need government help.”
Well, this is not the first time Volvo has put time into the transport base for China. In 2012, it worked with the Chinese government to actualize and deal with a traffic safety research center with a view to helping the government manage a large number of laborers coming from rural areas to work in factories.