Driverless cars in Australia might be a reality sooner than you think, with Volvo joining the ARRB Group, to announce the first autonomous vehicle demonstration trials in November, this year.
The ARRB Group is Australia’s national independent road research agency, and the trials will coincide with a Driverless Vehicle Conference to be held on November 5-6.
To support the trial, Volvo Car Australia will be supplying the All-New XC90 that will be modified to allow its existing safety technology, to operate the car without the need of a driver. Those safety systems include Adaptive Cruise Control with Pilot Assist, Lane Keeping Aid, Distance Alert, and Speed Limiter Function.
Volvo thinks itself as a global leader in developing autonomous drive technology, and they’ll have more than 100 autonomous cars on the road in Sweden by 2017.
One of the top safety experts from Volvo, Dr Trent Victor, will also be a keynote speaker at the conference and has filed over 20 patents and published over 60 papers in the past 20 years. So they definitely has the right people working on their projects.
We look forward to seeing the results from the trials, and how we can compare it to driverless tech from the likes of Audi, BMW and even Google.