Want to Test Drive Volvo’s Autonomous Cars? Move to London | News & Opinion | PCMag.com

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Volvo is ready to line up real-world drivers to test its autonomous cars.Its UK-based “Drive Me London” program, set to begin in early 2017 with a limited number of semi-autonomous cars, will employ regular, everyday folks to operate the vehicles on public streets. In 2018, that will expand to include up to 100 fully autonomous driving cars.The company did not provide details about how drivers will be selected.Collected data will be used to develop new cars “that are suitable for real-world driving conditions, rather than the more unrealistic conditions found on test tracks,” Volvo said.”Autonomous driving represents a leap forward in car safety,” Volvo CEO Håkan Samuelsson said in a statement. “The sooner [autonomous driving] cars are on the roads, the sooner lives will start being saved.”//RELATED ARTICLESTech Firms to Feds: Let’s Get Cracking on Self-Driving Car RegulationsLondon may not be the only stop on Volvo’s road to self-driving vehicles. In February 2015, the car maker announced plans to provide autonomous cars to 100 customers in Gothenburg, Sweden, by 2017, for public road tests. The high-tech chariots will be equipped with a network of sensors, cloud-based positioning systems, and intelligent braking and steering technologies. Set it to Autopilot, and the car takes over, leaving you to apply makeup, read a book, respond to texts and emails, and eat breakfast on the morning commute.

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