Just like many other carmakers out there, Volvo is exploring self-driving technology. So far a lot of self-driving tests include engineers who sit behind the wheel as a precaution, but also to record notes and collect data on the car’s behavior so that they know what works, what doesn’t, and so on.
However Volvo has taken it one step further by actually introducing a real-life family to its self-driving car. The idea is that Volvo wants to see how non-engineers react and deal with a self-driving car. This will be taking place in Gothenburg, Sweden where the Hain family has been chosen for this experiment.
Dubbed the “Drive Me” project, Henrik Green, Senior Vice President, Research and Development at Volvo Car Group said, “We want to learn more around how people feel when they engage and disengage autonomous drive, what the handover should be like, and what sort of things they would do in the car when it’s driving them to their destination.”
It will be interesting to see what will be the results of the project. In the meantime Volvo expects that they should have their first fully autonomous vehicle in the market come 2021, which presumably is also pending good feedback from the Hain family and seeing how well actual people react to the technology.