Volvo takes bold next step in self-driving push
I'm curious about the 60 second thing. I assume at any point a driver should be able to just take over by grabbing the wheel?Autonomous mode is activated and deactivated with specially designed paddles on the steering wheel.
The paddles flash when the auto pilot is ready, at which point the driver pulls both paddles simultaneously to activate autonomous mode.
The lights on the paddles then change to constant green, signaling that the car is driving itself.
When the driver needs to regain control of the car a 60-second countdown is displayed. If the driver doesn't use the paddles to regain control within this minute, the car will bring itself to a safe stop.
IntelliSafe Auto Pilot will debut on the 100 XC90s that will be part of Volvo's Drive Me project in Gothenburg starting in 2017. Drive Me will allow everyday motorists to test autonomous driving on approximately 50km of selected roads in the Swedish city. After the trial, Volvo plans to launch IntelliSafe Auto Pilot more widely.