Automotive safety systems giant Autoliv has joined Volvo in the Swedish automaker’s Drive Me autonomous car research project. The two companies will share their findings in order to accelerate efforts to get the active safety systems fundamental to autonomous driving into production.
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Drive Me was established in 2013 and consists of a fleet of 100 autonomous cars that will eventually be used by families and commuters on public roads in everyday driving conditions in the Swedish city of Gothenburg—the first time anywhere in the world self-driving cars will be made available to members of the public for their daily use. The target date is 2017.
Autoliv’s established R&D and engineering expertise in automotive safety is expected to contribute significantly to the development of more advanced active safety and autonomous driving technologies through the Drive Me project. Examples of current active safety systems include Autonomous Emergency Braking, Lane Departure Warning and Lane Keep Assist.
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The hope is that such technology will help reduce fewer traffic accidents, injuries and fatalities. According to independent statistics, over 90 percent of all fatal accidents are believed to be caused by human error, typically due to inattention.