Australia will play host to the first driverless car trials in the southern hemisphere. The Volvo cars will take to the roads to perform trials of overtaking, lane changing, breaking and using ramps. The move follows a push by the South Australian government and various motoring groups in the Australian state.
The Volvo XC90 SUV rolled out for the trial will be the same as the one used for the Drive Me concept in Sweden — which aims to have 100 automated cars on the road by 2017. The system to make this a reality includes a complex network of sensors, cloud-based positioning systems and intelligent braking and steering technologies.
Kevin McCann, Managing Director of Volvo Car Australia said in a statement the benefits of driverless cars for a city are extensive. “We believe autonomous drive will lead to significant consumer and societal benefits, including improved traffic safety, improved fuel economy, reduced congestion, and the opportunity for improved infrastructure planning.”
Australians have an overall positive view of self-driving cars, according to a recent survey of 505 Australians, commissioned by the Australian Road Research Board (ARRB). Read more…