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Volvo to bring driverless cars in China

Thursday, April 07, 2016 - 01:22

Volvo aims to launch an experiment involving self-driving cars. As Hayley Platt reports, the Swedish automaker will deploy up to 100 such cars on public roads to test them in every day conditions.

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A glimpse of what the future holds for motorists. This Volvo S90 - a luxury sedan - can drive itself. It's already being test driven on some Swedish roads. The company's chief hopes China - the world's biggest auto market - will be next. (SOUNDBITE) (English) PRESIDENT AND CHIEF EXECUTIVE OF VOLVO, HAKAN SAMUELSSON, SAYING: "This is probably the country where you will have the first really commercial markets for this, I mean here is where you have hundreds of thousands of people sitting for a very a lot of time, wasting a lot of time, so I mean, and these are really our potential customers." The heavy smog in Beijing has already proved a boon for China's electric market. Volvo, which is owned by China's Geeley, is hoping it will do the same for them. It's currently scouting the country for a suitable city to test the technology. (SOUNDBITE) (English) PRESIDENT AND CHIEF EXECUTIVE OF VOLVO, HAKAN SAMUELSSON, SAYING: "It's not very unique that there is, that consumers are sceptical to new technology, they have always been really, so I think you have to bring it out, to demonstrate it and I think it's very important as well that you have a good credibility when it comes to safety." Other car makers already test driving autonomous vehicles elsewhere. Volvo's experiment in China is expected to use up to 100 cars. And enlist further cities in the coming months.

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Volvo to bring driverless cars in China

Thursday, April 07, 2016 - 01:22