Alongside Google, Apple, Mercedes, Audi, BMW, and many others, Volvo too has joined the self-driving car bandwagon and plans to put 100 such vehicles into play in its hometown Gothenburg. As a first step in that direction, the Swedish automaker has unveiled its self-driving car user interface which allows the drivers to seamlessly shift between autonomous and manual modes while on the move.
The system provides information on the sections of the route which is compatible with autonomous mode every time the destination is fed in the car’s navigation system. Once the vehicle enters this self-driving zone, the green lights on the paddle shifters start flashing and the driver can hand over the controls to the computer by simply pulling both the paddles simultaneously.
The user interface will let the driver monitor the progress through the fully digital instrument console (the new Volvo XC90 has been used in the video demo). The system will prompt the driver to resume control shortly before the autonomous section of the route comes to an end. In case the user fails to respond, it automatically brings the vehicle to a complete halt at a safe place.
In the self-driving mode, the system manages to keep pace with traffic, change lanes and even execute a smooth overtaking of a slow-moving vehicle.