It appears that Volvo wants to be first manufacturer to release a fleet of self-driving cars, they have been working on it for sometime now and has finally reached the milestone of testing its self-driving cars on public roads.
Volvo made the announcement today that it’s self-driving car program has entered the public road testing phase. The announcement was made this morning, plus the car manufacturer also revealed that the cars can now handle most of the roadway duties autonomously.
Erik Coelingh, a technical specialist at Volvo explained that “the test cars are now able to handle lane following, speed adaption and merging traffic all by themselves.” This means that Volvo is currently at the front of the race to produce the world’s first self-driving car available in the market.
Volvo says that its near-term goal is to have a fleet of 100 of these self-driving vehicles on a 50km route in Gothenberg, Sweeden by the beginning of 2017.