Volvo Wants Families to Test its Autonomous Cars in London Next Year

By Aatif Sulleyman on at

Screw you Texas and California, it’s time for London to get involved in the autonomous driving fun. Volvo has announced that it will bring its self-driving XC90 SUVs to public roads in London early next year, and wants ordinary families to test them.

The company’s calling the initiative Drive Me London, and there are similar schemes taking place in Sweden and China. Volvo wants to eventually roll out 100 cars, all of which will be able to navigate certain pre-approved and pre-mapped London roads autonomously, leaving the passengers inside free to chill out with a movie or a book, or shit themselves and chew their fingernails off. Sounds fun, doesn’t it?

"In autonomous mode, the car can handle all situations that occur," says Trent Victor, senior technical leader for crash avoidance at Volvo. "Going down a stretch of road, the car takes the responsibility for extreme events. If you don't take over, if you just want to do email, the car will take the responsibility and safely stop at the side of the road."

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You can lean more about the program here, though we imagine it's not one for the faint-hearted. [Verge]