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Volvo's First Self-driving Cars Scheduled for 2014

By - Source: Wall Street Journal | B 38 comments

The car will do the driving in heavy traffic.

Google has been developing its technology for driverless cars for a few years now. The company won big a couple of months back, in October, when California passed a law that allowed Google to test its fleet of self-driving cars on the road. At the time, Google's Sergey Brin said he hoped self-driving cars would be able to drive on public streets in five years or less. However, Google isn't the only company hoping to kickstart the driverless car movement. According to the latest reports Volvo is also working on self-driving cars.

That's right, old faithful is handing the keys over to the vehicle itself. Speaking to the Wall Street Journal (via Engadget), Volvo said it plans to launch its first batch of  autonomous vehicles in 2014. The cars will be capable of driving up to 31 miles an hour (the company wouldn't speak about its plans for self-driving vehicles with faster speeds) and the cars are expected to initially be used in heavy traffic. The technology uses wireless internet which assigns each car a spot on the road and allows the vehicle to interact with other vehicles on the road.

"We are convinced this is the future and we want to get there first," Marcus Rothoff, head of developing Volvo's driver assistance technology, told the Wall Street Journal. The company also told the Journal that its vision is that by 2020, no one will be killer or injured in a new Volvo.

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    tiret , December 4, 2012 4:02 PM
    ohimwhat`s the point in having a car and not being able to drive it ...

    drinking and driving would be legal...
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    wanderer11 , December 4, 2012 3:51 PM
    ohimwhat`s the point in having a car and not being able to drive it ...

    I saw a car wreck today because someone ran a red light. If an autonomous car could help prevent that I am all for it.
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    Zagen30 , December 4, 2012 4:00 PM
    ohimwhat`s the point in having a car and not being able to drive it ...


    Not everyone particularly likes driving. I drive because it's the most convenient form of travel and because US society is pretty much designed around automobiles, but when given the option to let someone else drive, I usually let them do so. I'd very much welcome a safe autopilot feature.
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    ohim , December 4, 2012 3:44 PM
    what`s the point in having a car and not being able to drive it ...
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    wanderer11 , December 4, 2012 3:51 PM
    ohimwhat`s the point in having a car and not being able to drive it ...

    I saw a car wreck today because someone ran a red light. If an autonomous car could help prevent that I am all for it.
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    Zagen30 , December 4, 2012 4:00 PM
    ohimwhat`s the point in having a car and not being able to drive it ...


    Not everyone particularly likes driving. I drive because it's the most convenient form of travel and because US society is pretty much designed around automobiles, but when given the option to let someone else drive, I usually let them do so. I'd very much welcome a safe autopilot feature.
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    Old_Fogie_Late_Bloomer , December 4, 2012 4:01 PM
    I'm not gonna lie; if I could choose to allow my car to do some of my driving, I probably would.
  • 8 Hide
    blubbey , December 4, 2012 4:01 PM
    ohimwhat`s the point in having a car and not being able to drive it ...

    What's the point in not removing the weak link in the car?
  • 21 Hide
    tiret , December 4, 2012 4:02 PM
    ohimwhat`s the point in having a car and not being able to drive it ...

    drinking and driving would be legal...
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    mrmaia , December 4, 2012 4:22 PM
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    The technology uses wireless internet which assigns each car a spot on the road and allows the vehicle to interact with other vehicles on the road.


    So will we be able to actually stalk the hot chicks that stop by our sides thru the internet? :) 

    A self-driving car would increase safety and access to disabled people in so many ways. I'm all for it.
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    Anonymous , December 4, 2012 4:29 PM
    First they will seduce everyone in with stories of how wonderfully safe these new 'Autonomous' cars will be. There will be lots of 'Gee Whiz' stories about how amazing the new technology is. How you will be able to do your makeup in the mirror, make phone calls, even watch TV instead of attending to tedious driving. Eventually, new laws will come saying cars must now be 'Autonomous' because it is 'Safer'. Later, the time will come where you will need to get permission to go where you want to go. Gone will be the days of 'just get in and drive'. And of course all cars will be monitored in this new wonderful system. There will be no more going where you aren't supposed to go. In time all journeys will need to be approved by the state. In the end, this is all about control, and once again taking away your freedom. Of course this will happen in the name of 'Our Safety' and our much coveted 'Convenience'. That's the excuse they always use to take away your rights, but it will 'Save Lives'. After all, what sane person would argue against 'Safety' and 'Saving Lives'? Wake up sheeple they're coming after your computers, your cars, and your data now! Is there anything they can do that will make you say 'Enough!'? I doubt it....
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    SteelCity1981 , December 4, 2012 4:38 PM
    This is fantastic. No more drunk driving wrecks, no more texting while driving wrecks. No more falling asleep in your car wreck and no more wreckless drivers. Plus people with disabilites will be able to go places without fear of their disabilities causing them to get into wrecks.
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    mrmaia , December 4, 2012 4:46 PM
    G Orwellconspirational bulls***


    Going by foot is always an option.
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    COLGeek , December 4, 2012 4:49 PM
    A driverless car couldn't be any worse than the cars with drivers I deal with on a daily basis.
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    RADIO_ACTIVE , December 4, 2012 5:04 PM
    ohimwhat`s the point in having a car and not being able to drive it ...

    DUIs may become a thing of he past... although I bet given the option of using it or not, I'm sure some drunk idiots would still F up lol
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    bak0n , December 4, 2012 5:09 PM
    I can't wait for these cars to be out on the road. The first thing I'm going to do is jump in front of one in a crosswalk at the last moment.
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    clist , December 4, 2012 5:10 PM
    G OrwellIn time all journeys will need to be approved by the state.


    ...and there lies the quaint anachronism of your Orwellian scenario. "The State" as a monolithic control mechanism does not exist and will not exist in the world for long time to come. Government, despite it's increased ability to control and pry, has become completely subservient to the will of big money interests, billionaires, and mega-corporations. Those interests are often at odds with each other. Those interests also change far too quickly in modern markets to establish any kind of centralized omnipotent power and motivation (10 years ago who thought Apple would be worth as much as GE and Exxon?)

    Yeah man, I just don't see it happening in any sort of 1984 way... who in today's world benefits monetarily from that?

    Now, back on topic, as someone who lives in an urban center with a lot of traffic I say; "self driving car?? the sooner the better! Driving for me is nothing but a chore"
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    Branden , December 4, 2012 5:12 PM
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    what`s the point in having a car and not being able to drive it ...

    i enjoy driving, but if i could turn on auto-pilot to let the car take over during traffic jams and pass the time reading a book or watching last nights show then i'm all for it. it'd make traffic jams 80% less aggravating simply by giving drivers the option to focus on something other than the traffic jam while listening to the radio traffic report telling you you should have taken another route.
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    g00fysmiley , December 4, 2012 5:13 PM
    i dream of the day i can do the drive from florida to chicago plug in where i want to go and just wake up along the way for gas when needed. also would mak eme feel much better about driving my motorcycle considering i have been him 4 tiems by cars not paying attention twice they just pulled out in front of me "not able to see me" one even said it was my fault for not being more visible on my bright yellow ducati
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    JMcEntegart , December 4, 2012 5:22 PM
    Quote:
    i dream of the day i can do the drive from florida to chicago plug in where i want to go and just wake up along the way for gas when needed. also would mak eme feel much better about driving my motorcycle considering i have been him 4 tiems by cars not paying attention twice they just pulled out in front of me "not able to see me" one even said it was my fault for not being more visible on my bright yellow ducati


    Oh man, I didn't even think of how much safer it might potentially be for us motorcyclists. No more being afraid of the highway! A girl can dream... :p 
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    _Cosmin_ , December 4, 2012 5:59 PM
    They could not do a viable thing on trains which have tracks... is far away from reality. And the price will be very high so average tired/drunk/etc. driver will not afford it - so stop dreaming!
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    JMcEntegart , December 4, 2012 6:15 PM
    _Cosmin_They could not do a viable thing on trains which have tracks... is far away from reality. And the price will be very high so average tired/drunk/etc. driver will not afford it - so stop dreaming!


    Technology and innovation are beautiful things. Just because something seems impractical or too expensive now, that doesn't mean it will be that way forever. I love getting excited over news like this because it offers a glimpse of what the future holds. I am not saying it will be readily available and affordable for every consumer in the next 18 to 24 months, but I reserve the right to dream about the day that it is.
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    krazyjamus , December 4, 2012 7:15 PM
    G OrwellFirst they will seduce everyone in with stories of how wonderfully safe these new 'Autonomous' cars will be. There will be lots of 'Gee Whiz' stories about how amazing the new technology is. How you will be able to do your makeup in the mirror, make phone calls, even watch TV instead of attending to tedious driving. Eventually, new laws will come saying cars must now be 'Autonomous' because it is 'Safer'. Later, the time will come where you will need to get permission to go where you want to go. Gone will be the days of 'just get in and drive'. And of course all cars will be monitored in this new wonderful system. There will be no more going where you aren't supposed to go. In time all journeys will need to be approved by the state. In the end, this is all about control, and once again taking away your freedom. Of course this will happen in the name of 'Our Safety' and our much coveted 'Convenience'. That's the excuse they always use to take away your rights, but it will 'Save Lives'. After all, what sane person would argue against 'Safety' and 'Saving Lives'? Wake up sheeple they're coming after your computers, your cars, and your data now! Is there anything they can do that will make you say 'Enough!'? I doubt it....


    Was gonna downvote, but then saw your username. Touche.
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