Volvo Self Driving XC90 Taking Place At London And Seek Volunteers

Volvo is testing semi-autonomous car xc90 in London on public roads is to be conducted in tandem with one in Gothenburg, Sweden

February 3, 2017
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Self driving cars are going to be the next generation cars that will completely change the experience of driving and comfort while travelling. The well known car manufacturer company Volvo is also in the line to manufacture its next generation self driving cars. On the road’s of London Volvo XC90 is looking for volunteers who can be a part of the self driving cars trail, the largest conducted by the automobile industry.

The good news is the Swedish company is aiming to make a comfortable self-driving car that people can use it as easier as using a smartphone. That means you can select your destination in the map, select either you want the automatic drive or you want to drive by your self and that’s it.

volvo self-driving XC90

At the first stage of Drive Me trail engineers will be behind the wheel of Volvo self-driving XC90 in London in next week. Volvo company is planning to start selling the vehicles in between 2020 to 2021. As they are already testing the cars in Gothenbrug, Sweden.

The Swedish company announces in a press conference that our engineer will be in the wheel in testing period before we hand over the cars to public.

About the safety features, Volvo said they are using data from car crash database history going back decades to run a variety of simulations to make the cars safer for everyone. Later in 2018 Volvo will start recruiting maximum 100 commuters for the London trail.The commuters will try the semi-autonomous vehicles in the summer of 2018.So, get ready because London roads might get bit busy in next summer.

Volvo is looking for some professionals and they have to be different ages who regularly commute to or from west London via the M40, M4, M25 or A4 roads.

Volvo official says they are focusing on people who are frustrated of their regular morning drive to work, traffic on the road and busy driving the car. They cannot utilise the time for their work so in sense they wasted that time for nothing than driving in a busy road. So, when if the car is self-driving, they can utilise the time for anything they wish to.

self-driving XC90

The upcoming hi-tech self-driving cars will drive themselves on motorways and dual carriageways, that will give the commuters a chance to take out the laptop and prepare for your meeting that morning, read newspaper or update your Facebook or talk with your family and spend quality time. When they will reach London driver will need to take over the car, with the vehicle signalling well before that the driver needs to take control.

Most importantly the carmaker is anticipate that drivers will not required any additional training or driving tests before driving the car. They are aiming to give people the option to drive the car as simple as smartphone.

The trail that helding in London will also be parallel with the on in Gothenburg, Sweden where Volvo has launched a website so that people can simply register to join. Hain family are also in the list of the people who taking part in the Swedish trial. This will be same in London trail as well.

Now regarding legal issues Volvo has yet to decide either they will use unmarked cars in London, with an special licence plates or poster outside of the vehicle to alert the police about the semi-autonomous status. In Sweden Gothenburg all the test cars are marked with bold blue stripes and the Drive Me name on it.

Video Review Of Volvo Self Driving XC90

Yet on the road it was bit difficult due to mix reaction from other drivers as some of them were tried to damage the car and push it off the road.

The company is also planning for China and US for their next trail test, this experience will also clear the idea how other drivers react on different places. The other users might react similar or differently when they see a self-driving cars on the road. While they try to damage or do anything to the car they will find out its safe and useful. The vehicle will run by computer it self, so there will be chances of interruption by bad guys like hackers. The company is also planning to install a strong firewall for all its different system starting from steering, braking and acceleration and to ensure that it cannot be hacked.

On the other hand some US Government initially researched on driverless and predicted that the vehicles will lead to an 80% decline in the number of car crashes by 2035. But, Volvo says it will be 30-40 years until all cars will be fully autonomous in everyday use.

The technology behind the Volvo self-driving vehicles are cameras, scanners, rader transmitters, sensors, 3D maps and GPS. A trifocals camera at the top of the windscreen spots pedestrians and other obstacles that appear suddenly.

Insurance policy will be another big challenge aside from safety issues. Some experts are predicting a shift from a fault-based, or tort liability system in which companies pay according to each party’s degree of fault– to a product liability system. Data recorders (black boxes) will help establish whether the vehicle technology or the driver is to blame in the event of an accident. Vehicle insurance premiums are expected to drop, with young male drivers, who currently pay the highest premium likely to benefit most and so on.

They said there might need of a very quick recover or claim process for the consumers for better business for both. If the vehicle has any issues or fault the insurance company can pay to the customers and we will take care and cover the damage.

There are other companies like Jaguar, Land Rover and Ford are also in the list of trails in the United Kingdom. But, compare to Volvo trail is far extended as driving on the public roads. Self-driving pods and shuttles have been tested on pavements in Greenwich, Milton Keynes and Coventry, with the technology developed by Oxbotica, a spin-out from the University of Oxford.

At the beginning Volvo announced that its self-driving cars will come with a hefty price tag that might be a bit costly for ordinary people. Although it is set to drop once they become more common. Volvo is also hoping that one in four owners of premium luxury cars would buy a self-driving cars for themselves. Yes, this is obvious the people who can afford it why not try.

 

 

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