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Volvo To Present Autonomous Vehicles For Public Test Drives


Revolutionising self-driving vehicles have become a reality for the commoners.

In an announcement, Volvo revealed that the company is planning to release self driving cars on the roads of London for commoners to begin test drives by the year of 2017. In initial stages, the “autonomous driving” vehicles will be partially automatic, while after further research, the company is likely to release “a more advanced driverless version” by the year of 2018.
A statement issued by the company, said:
"Drive Me London will begin in early 2017 with a limited number of semi-autonomous driving cars and expand in 2018 to include up to 100 AD cars, making it the largest and most extensive AD testing programme on Britain's streets”.
The self driving cars will drive the passengers to their choice of destinations without any “human intervention”. However, exceptions have to be made in case of bad weather. The engineers started to test the vehicles in the year of 2014, while Volvo will launch a limited edition of “semi AD cars” for the public as a test procedure.
The car has an inbuilt “360-degree camera system” which along with “GPS and other sensors” help the cars to navigate their way. However, legal side regarding AVs are yet to be clarified, while TOI informs:
“Volvo, Google, Ford, Uber and its ride-sharing rival Lyft are founding members of the Self-Driving Coalition for Safer Streets. The group is pushing for a unified US legal code on self-driving cars to help promote the technology”.

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