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Chalmers University joins Volvo Cars autonomous vehicle project in Sweden

The Chalmers University of Technology has joined Volvo Cars’ Drive Me project—a public pilot with ordinary drivers behind the steering wheels of 100 self-driving Volvos. (Earlier post.)

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.

Comments

Davemart

Allowing something near to members of the general public to use these under varied conditions is a massive step.
We are much closer to autonomy than many believe.

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Good to see that you are able to change your opinion on matters. I recall our discussions a few months ago and you were clearly among those who thought that self driving cars were far out in the future.

In my opinion self driving cars are a reality in 2020 and no later than 2025 most countries will allow them on public roads enabling a transportation revolution of the biggest kind with repercussions for air travel, train and bus travel and private car ownership and the spread of battery electric cars versus cumbustion based. Everything will change in a very big way for the better.

I noted at Tesla's shareholder meeting a few days ago that Musk said he had decreased his own estimate of when Tesla will have a fully self driving car made to begin extensive road testing and public approval. He now think that car is ready in 3 years instead of the 5 years he said in 2014 and the 10 years he said in 2012. What has changed for Musk is that now he is driving every day in a Model S, X with the latest prototype version for Tesla's autopilot system. He get weekly software updates so he now knows the speed of the progress. He expect the first beta autopilot is ready next month to be tested by hundreds of Tesla employees and beta testers and a final version 1.0 for all Model S and X owners will be ready by Sepember or October, 2015 probably in time for the first deliveries of Model X.

I expect that when Tesla announces the availability of their first autopilot for highway driving it will trigger a subsequent media storm about autonomous driving by all automakers just like the announcement of Tesla's powerpacks have triggered it for battery storage system's that was off the raider for most people until Tesla made it interesting.

Davemart

Henrik said:

'Good to see that you are able to change your opinion on matters. I recall our discussions a few months ago and you were clearly among those who thought that self driving cars were far out in the future.'

Not as far as I recall, although it is possible that I had and have more reservations than some.
Perhaps you are confusing me with another poster.

Davemart

@Henrik:

Your memory is clearly at fault.

Here is what I said in August 2013:

'Yeah, fully autonomous vehicles are doable by 2020.
That does not take much to work out, since they are running around in Nevada already, and a much lower cost version is under development in the UK.'

http://www.greencarcongress.com/2013/08/20130820-navigant.html

There are umpteen other posts by me to the same effect, as a google of my name on this site confirms.

Perhaps in future you will be more circumspect in asserting what others have said.

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Sorry Davemart after digging into it I can see I had you mixed up with E.C.I. that I had a long discussion with about the issue. Happende here and elsewhere http://www.greencarcongress.com/2015/02/20150219-volvo.html

Davemart

@Henrik.

No worries.

I am a bit concerned about who you confused me with though! ;-)

Had it been EP or someone, I would have been flattered, but as it is........

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