Similar to many other carmakers Volvo is on its way towards testing a self-driving technology. So far, we heard about a lot of self-driving tests done by some gigantic automobile companies. All of them include a group of engineers who sit in the car for technical assurance, and they also grab data comprising of the car’s behavior to know what works well and what doesn’t.
Here in the case of Volvo, the story is slightly different as the automobile company is conducting its first self-driving test with an ordinary family, the Hains from Gothenburg, Sweden.
The reason for making Hains family a vital part of this test is quite interesting. Volvo wants ordinary people experience the self-driving test. How such people react when the car goes from manual to autonomous modes, and what sort of reaction comes out of their face while they are not taking the wheel?
Regarding the “Drive Me Project” test, this is what Henrik Green, Senior Vice President, Research and Development at Volvo group said, “We want to learn more around how people feel when they engage and disengage autonomous drive, what the handover should be like, and what sort of things they would do in the car when it’s driving them to their destination.”
Well, we will have to wait for the impact of this test. However, Volvo looks optimistic to launch its first fully autonomous vehicle somewhere around 2021.