This may just be the first public self driving car for the average consumer. Volvo publicly stated that they will have self driving cars on the road sometime in 2017. This came to no surprise with their recent test division called "Drive Me," which is a beta pilot testing program.
The firm says that it plans to get over 100 self driving cars on the road in 2017. Which means for us, these cars aren't going to be cheap. This plan will not only help Volvo in this space, but also help them achieve "Vision 2020", which is the automakers plan to have zero deaths or serious injuries in their cars by year 2020.
We are entering uncharted territory in the field of autonomous driving,” Volvo senior vice president of research and development Dr. Peter Mertens explained. “Taking the exciting step to a public pilot, with the ambition to enable ordinary people to sit behind the wheel in normal traffic on public roads, has never been done before.” Mertens explains that they are close to achieving a feature set that allows you to drive completely or have the car drive by command.
Volvo understands that they will be times when a driver must be in control of the vehicle. For example, bad weather or technical problems with the car. At that point the car will need to alert the driver to take over full controls. The car must also detect that the diver is safe to drive and if not, the car will need to “bring itself to a safe place to stop.”
The pilot program will take place on “selected roads” in Volvo’s hometown of Gothenburg, Sweden. Volvo said they will everything it takes to “ensure a crash-free future.”