Volvo has announced that it will launch a large scale driverless cars test in 2017, the project will see 100 driverless cars hit the street of Gothenburg in Sweden in 2017.
This will be the first large scale test of driverless cars in the world, and the cars will drive around Gothenburg in normal conditions, and will be surround by other drivers and pedestrians.
Volvo are currently working with the Swedish Transport Administration, the City of Gothenburg and a number of other agencies on their large scale driverless cars project.
The project will actually launch next year, although the 100 cars will not launch onto the streets until 2017, first there will be customer research, plus further development of the technology.
Some of the technology in the cars will include the vehicle being able to park itself, and a driver of the vehicle could even use a smartphone app to initiate parking.
“Pioneering technologies involving extensive use of driver support systems will not only help us realise our safety vision but also bring strong societal and consumer benefits,” says Håkan Samuelsson, President and CEO of Volvo Car Group.
There are a number of different companies working on driverless cars, here is a test which will launch in the UK in 2015, and Google are testing their own autonomous vehicles in the US at rthe moment.