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Drive Me is a collaboration where industry, academia and society are developing and testing solutions for a modern, sustainable transport system of the future.

What is Drive Me?

Drive Me is a collaboration where industry, academia and society are developing and testing solutions for a modern, sustainable transport system of the future.

Which partners are involved in Drive Me?

Volvo Cars, the City of Gothenburg Urban Transport Administration, the City of Gothenburg, Lindholmen Science Park, Autoliv and Chalmers University of Technology. The following entities from the City of Gothenburg are participating: the Urban Transport Administration, the Urban Planning Office, Göteborgs Stads Parkering AB, the City’s Executive Office, Business Region Göteborg and Älvstranden Utveckling.

What is being done within the scope of Drive Me?

Many research and development projects are underway within the scope of Drive Me and they cover everything from legislation to parking issues. A key element of Drive Me, however, is to investigate how autonomous vehicles can benefit society and the economy in the form of improved traffic flow, lower environmental impact and higher traffic safety. The purpose is to study the societal benefits and how self-driving car technology can improve people’s lives. The goal is for Sweden to be a leader in sustainable transports. As part of the project, Volvo Cars is running a pilot project where selected families will be using autonomous vehicles on the roads around Gothenburg. The aim of the pilot project is to develop the technology required for autonomous vehicles.

When was Drive Me started?

Drive Me started up in 2013 as an initiative of Volvo Cars.

Why is the City of Gothenburg involved in Drive Me?

The Drive Me project is consistent with the city’s traffic strategy and its traffic safety program, which primarily focuses on managing more people’s travel and simultaneously reducing our climate impact and contributing to attractive urban environments. Our participation is part of our overall effort to fulfill political goals having to do with the environment, trade and industry, urban development and sustainable travel. We want be involved in influencing and developing a modern, sustainable transport system for the future and innovative transport services so that we can create a better, more attractive city for our residents.
Gothenburg is currently a leader in innovation and development of mobility and self-driving car technology. Self-driving car technology is already being used today and it is the future for the vehicle industry. We are one of the cities in the world that has made the most progress on preparations for a future with self-driving vehicles. Gotheburg is a designated development arena and few cities in the world have such strong innovative power when it comes to traffic and vehicle solutions.
We believe that the new self-driving car technology can benefit the society and economy by improving traffic flow, lowering environmental impact and improving traffic safety. Through Drive Me, we attract new expertise to Gothenburg and lay the foundation for continued collaboration between government authorities, industry and academia.

Why is Drive Me important to Gothenburg?

Gothenburg is growing and developing with a focus on creating a more densely populated, sustainable and open city, with attractive urban environments and a rich city life.
Drive Me represents an important step in our efforts to learn, develop expertise and identify the key demonstration projects for planning and developing our city for the future.

What is the City of Gothenburg expecting of Drive Me?

We want to study how autonomous vehicles can become a part of new mobility solutions that can simplify everyday life for our residents.
We also want to investigate how autonomous vehicles can help reduce congestion, air pollution and carbon emissions.
And, we want to see how autonomous vehicles can help in creating attractive urban environments.

What is the relationship between autonomous vehicles and urban planning?

With a higher population density there will be traffic congestion and other pressures on society and the environment. Autonomous vehicles are expected to play a key role in the planning of future urban environments. They enable more efficient land usage, limit the need for infrastructure investments and enhance the urban environment by raising the level of traffic safety and lowering emissions.

What is the scope of the pilot study with self-driving cars in Gothenburg? What does it involve?

In December 2017, the pilot study phase of the Volvo Cars project with self-driving cars will get underway. It is part of the Drive Me project. As many as on hundred families in Gothenburg will get the opportunity to test advanced autonomous driving technology in real circumstance in their daily lives. The will thereby be contributing to the development of self-driving Volvo automobiles. The pilot study will primarily take place on the highways of the Gothenburg region. The aim of the pilot study is to test how advanced autonomous driving technology functions in various traffic situations and environments. It also looks at how drivers, passengers, infrastructure and pedestrians are affected by the technology. The test cars that will be used are Volvo XC90, equipped with more sensors and cameras (for research purposes).

On which roads will these autonomous vehicles be allowed to drive?

During the pilot study, research will primarily occur on the highways around Gothenburg, which means Lundbyleden, Söderleden and E6. These are major divided highways, without any cyclists or pedestrians.

How long will the pilot study go on?

Volvo Cars is planning to launch its first cars equipped with autonomous driving technology in 2021.

Why is it necessary to test the self-driving cars in real traffic?

In order to test and develop autonomous vehicles, it is necessary to test the technology in real traffic environments. It’s the only way we can really understand how the interaction between man and this technology functions in traffic, under real circumstances and in real scenarios.

Why is the pilot study taking place in Gothenburg?

Gothenburg is the site of a strong vehicle and innovation cluster. We are one of the cities in the world that has made the most progress on preparations for a future with self-driving vehicles. By using Gothenburg as the center of research for self-driving car technology, we help speed the pace of development for future transport solutions that are both safe and accessible.

What questions will the pilot study answer?

We want to investigate how autonomous vehicles impact residents, traffic flow, safety, the environment, urban planning, society and the economy. We hope that the pilot study will help us understand the ways in which self-driving cars can become an integral part of new, modern traffic solutions that simplify everyday life for residents. We also want to investigate how autonomous vehicles can help reduce congestion, air pollution and carbon emissions, along with helping to create attractive urban environments.

Why is Gothenburg allowing its roads to be used for the pilot study?

It is important to test this technology in real traffic situations. The Swedish Transport Agency is the regulatory agency in charge pilot studies involving self-driving cars and it also issues the necessary permits for such pilot studies. The pilot study, which is run by Volvo Cars, will be carried out on public roads and it will involve ordinary people.