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Volvo’s autonomous ‘Drive Me’ project kicks of in Sweden

15 September 2016

Volvo has produced its first autonomous XC90 at its special manufacturing facility and has started its ‘Drive Me’ project in Gothenburg, Sweden.

A selection of families throughout Sweden’s second-largest city will be handed the keys to self-driving XC90 models as part of the Drive Me project

These car’s will have Volvo’s most advanced autonomous technologies that extend the capabilities of the Pilot Assist system it already offers to the public. The self-driving XC90 models will have hands-off and feet-off capability in designated autonomous driving zones around the city and collect feedback and inputs from customers to help Volvo further improve its systems.

This is similar to what Tesla does with Autopilot by collecting data from its customers about the self-driving software.

According to senior technical leader active safety at Volvo Cars, Erik Coelingh, “This is an important milestone for the Drive Me project. Customers look at their cars differently than us engineers, so we are looking forward to learn how they use these cars in their daily lives and what feedback they will give us.”