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Volvo to accept full liability if its autonomous cars crash

Volvo autonomous car tech

When autonomous cars hit the market, an assurance like this would go a long way in gaining acceptance from the prospective customers.

Volvo is working on to ensure zero fatalities (involving its cars) by the year 2020 and fully autonomous vehicles would be an integral part of this challenging objective. The brand had recently unveiled the user interface of its autonomous car technology which will enter trial runs in its home city of Gothenburg, Sweden. By 2017, 100 self-driving customer cars will ply the Scandinavian city.

Addressing a gathering at the Embassy of Sweden in Washington DC, Hakan Samuelsson, CEO Volvo, stated that the company would “accept full liability” if its autonomous cars crash due to a fault in the system.

Volvo is one of the many global automakers who are making big ticket investments in self-driving car technology. The automaker already has a comprehensive set of safety assistance systems including autonomous emergency braking and various collision avoidance systems. The self-driving system would seamlessly integrate the existing system apart from incorporating new features.

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Called as Auto Pilot, the Volvo autonomous car technology is designed in such a way to switch between manual and autonomous control of the vehicle on the move, using paddle shifter inputs. Certain routes of Gothenburg can be used for fully autonomous driving in the initial phase of the project.

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Winner of national level automotive quiz competitions, Nithyanandh aka Nithz jumped into the blogosphere right after gaining a degree in Mechanical Engineering. Love for automobiles and an even greater drive to share his knowledge with the automotive community, Nithz is Deputy Editor at RushLane.

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