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Volvo Cars demos self-driving cars in Beijing

Volvo Car Group demonstrated its autonomous driving technology (earlier post) to media and decision makers in Beijing today; Swedish Prime Minister Stefan Löfven joined the event.

Volvo Cars’ Drive Me project, which will feature 100 autonomous cars, will start rolling on selected roads around Gothenburg by 2017. The Swedish government is a partner in the Drive Me project through the Swedish Traffic Administration and the Swedish Transport Agency.

Bringing the technology to China this week is part of Volvo Cars’ efforts to demonstrate how self-driving vehicles addresses the global sustainable mobility challenges and contribute to the societal development. Implementing autonomous drive will improve safety, reduce emissions and ease mobility in heavily congested urban environments.

Smart vehicles are a key part of the solution, but a broad societal approach is vital to offer sustainable personal mobility in the future. The unique co-operation with the Swedish government in the Drive Me project is key to a successful implementation of self-driving vehicles. We are very pleased to be able to demonstrate this here in Beijing with the Swedish Prime Minister present.

—Lars Danielson, Senior Vice President, Volvo Cars China Operations at Volvo Car Croup

Sweden and Volvo Cars have a record of being leaders in improving traffic safety and reducing the number of road casualties. Sweden is also the first country integrating the implementation self-driving vehicles in its sustainability strategy.

The self-driving car is the kind of innovation that has the potential to pave the way towards a more safe and sustainable transportation future. I also believe that the government and industry co-operation in the DriveMe project, between the Swedish government, the City of Gothenburg and Volvo Cars, is needed in order to fully understand the challenges and opportunities with this type of technology. This may also be an area into which we can expand our Chinese – Swedish co-operation.

—Stefan Löfven, Prime Minister of Sweden

In 2011, China and Sweden signed a Memorandum of Co-operation in working together on traffic safety; Volvo Cars is a partner in the China-Sweden Traffic Research Centre in Beijing.

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