Volvo gets ‘go’ for Swedish autonomous tests

Volvo will begin testing self-driving vehicles in the Gothenburg area of Sweden, according to local media reports.

Citing Di Digital, thelocal.se said Sweden's transport agency (Transportstyrelsen) had recently given the automaker permission to begin real world testing of self driving cars.
"This is one of the conditions we need to meet as we make our way toward self driving cars, so this is naturally a positive step," a Volvo Cars spokesman told DI Digital.
Agency documents obtained by Di Digital reportedly showed self driving cars would be allowed on motorways and streets around Gothenburg.

The cars were not to exceed 60km/h in self-driving mode and drivers were to keep at least one hand on the wheel at all times. Operators must also undergo Volvo training.
The reports noted Volvo said in December 2017 some families had been chosen to test self-driving XC90s. The pilot programme then stopped because Volvo was forced to provide additional documentation to the Transport Agency, according to Di Digital.
The reports said it was not clear if the Gothenburg tests would only include the XC90 or if Volvo would be testing other models or projects from its autonomous vehicles unit.

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