Drive Me is a large-scale autonomous driving pilot project in which 100 self-driving Volvo cars will use public roads in everyday driving conditions. The cars will be driven autonomously on approximately 50 kilometers (31 miles) of selected roads in and around Gothenburg in Sweden; roads which will be typical commuter arteries including motorway conditions and frequent queues.
The project was initiated in 2013. The first test vehicles have been on the road in Gothenburg since 2014; and Volvo Cars has recently taken a major leap forward by presenting a complete system solution for self-driving cars. The public pilot is scheduled to start in 2017.
We are very happy that Chalmers is joining our aim to pinpoint the societal benefits of autonomous driving. The academic perspective will be crucial to our efforts to integrate self-driving cars into real-life traffic and to position Sweden as a leader in the development of future mobility.—Håkan Samuelsson, President and CEO of the Volvo Car Group
As the academic partner in Drive Me, Chalmers will strengthen the project’s scientific dimension, which will now include independent research and programs for educating new experts.
Chalmers University is joining the original partners, Volvo Car Group, the Swedish Transport Administration, the Swedish Transport Agency, Lindholmen Science Park and the City of Gothenburg in the collaboration, which is endorsed by the Swedish Government.