Volvo is calling on families in its hometown of Gothenburg, Sweden, to help develop self-driving cars. As part of the automaker’s “Drive Me” program, families will be given test cars to use as their daily drivers on public roads, and then provide feedback and data to Volvo engineers.
While Volvo is testing fully-autonomous prototypes, it won’t hand those over to the families, at least not yet. The first two families, the Hains and Simonovskis, received XC90s with driver-assist systems that still require human drivers to keep their hands on the wheel at all times. Onboard sensors and cameras monitor the driver’s behavior.
“But, over time, all participants in the Drive Me project will gradually be introduced to more advanced assisted-driving cars, after receiving special training,” a Volvo press release said. Testing of those vehicles may take place on closed courses rather than public roads, with Volvo experts on hand.
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