VOLVO TO LAUNCH SELF-DRIVING CAR BY 2021 TO CHALLENGE BMW


Volvo is working on a Self-Driving car in order to compete with BMW.
Many auto makers are working in the self-driving modules of cars. Volvo has started working on a Self-Driving prototype as well. The company is trying to launch the car in the year 2020. It is said that Volvo is trying to bring forth the car for competing with BMW, its rival company. BMW is also working on its Self-Driving cars and it is soon that the auto maker will launch its Autonomous car soon too.

However, unlike BMW–which has already announced partnerships with tech companies such as Mobileye and Intel–Volvo is still searching for “various partnerships right now,” according to CEO Hakan Samuelsson.

“It’s our ambition to have a car that can drive fully autonomously on the highway by 2021,” Samuelsson told the Bloomberg News. “This technology is something as a carmaker you cannot develop by yourself.”

Volvo has already begun developing its own autonomous driving technologies and thanks to a partnership with the Swedish government, the Chinese-owned Swedish carmaker will have 100 semi-autonomous XC90 SUVs testing on roads near Gothenburg, Sweden, next year. Volvo also plans to test an additional 100 vehicles each in Britain and China. It should be noted that normal everyday drivers will be behind the wheel of these vehicles during the testing process.

Volvo in known for marketing the safety of its vehicles and has previously announced a goal that not one person is to die or sustain a significant injury while traveling in a Volvo car or SUV by 2020, but the development of its autonomous driving tech is said to be one of the key factors in being able to achieve that lofty goal.

The death of a man last month who was driving a Tesla Model S, while reportedly using the company’s autopilot system, has spurned much criticism of autonomous technology from the media.

Samuelsson also said in his interview with Bloomberg that getting new laws and regulations passed regarding the use and development of autonomous cars will be needed before any of these vehicles are potential put on sale by automakers.

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