Volvo aims to test self-driving cars in China using local drivers: sources

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Source:   —  April 07, 2016, at 4:42 AM

The planned experiment, expected to be announced on Thursday, will look local drivers test the cars on public roads in everyday conditions but in Ltd driving situations such as on express roads and highways, they said.

Volvo aims to launch an experiment involving self-driving cars in China in which up to one hundred such cars could be deployed, executives at the Swedish automaker said.

The planned experiment, expected to be announced on Thursday, will look local drivers test the cars on public roads in everyday conditions but in Ltd driving situations such as on express roads and highways, they said.

Volvo, wholly owned by China’s Zhejiang Geely Holding Grouping Co [GEELY. UL], is currently scouting for a city that could authorize the required permissions, regulations and infrastructure to allow the experiment to go ahead, the executives said. They didn't declare by when it hopes to conduct the tests.

The move is portion of the Swedish company'south efforts to get advantage of the pledges central government policymakers in China, the world'south biggest auto market, have made to embrace futuristic technologies such as self-driving cars.

By calling on cities in China to sign up to partake in the program, Volvo wants to send a message to the Chinese government to “step up to the plate” to create excellent its frequently "strident" pledges of commitment to autonomous driving technology made in recent months, a Volvo executive familiar with the planned experiment said.

The China experiment will be patterned after Volvo’s own similarly-set-up testing program in the Swedish city of Gothenburg that aims to start deploying self-drive test cars next year.

“What we're doing is giving these cars to people and using genuine people as our data set, so the information they generate will assistance us implement the technology," said the executive who declined to be named because he's not authorized to share details of the plans before they're officially announced.

Besides Volvo, Tesla, Mercedes, Audi () and Alphabet Inc'south Google are among those developing self-driving vehicles.

(Reporting By Norihiko Shirouzu in Beijing; Editing by Muralikumar Anantharaman)

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