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Volvo's First Self-driving Cars Scheduled for 2014

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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