Volvo recently announced that the company will unveil more than a new vehicle when it shows off an electric SUV later in 2022. The new model will bring with it three essential items, including the vehicle itself. The other two are a new, unsupervised autonomous driving feature titled Ride Pilot and a subscription platform that helps drivers use the self-driving technology.


Before Red Pilot becomes available to drivers, Volvo will have to reveal the new electric SUV, which is scheduled for release this year. The company will also need to verify that the autonomous driving technology that composes Ride Pilot operates as promised on highways in the United States.


As part of this testing process, Volvo Cars is currently evaluating autonomous driving performance on roads in Sweden and collecting data across Europe and the US. By the middle of 2022, the company wants to start testing on roads in California, where the climate, traffic conditions and regulatory framework offer desirable conditions for the introduction of autonomous driving.


“We are proud to announce the planned US launch of our first truly unsupervised autonomous driving feature, as we look to set a new industry standard for autonomy without compromising safety,” said Mats Moberg, head of research and development at Volvo Cars. “Having Zenseact’s brand new AD software and Luminar’s LiDAR standard in our new fully electric SUV is a game-changer for Volvo Cars, as well as for automotive safety and autonomous driving.”


While this software-sensor combination, and the safety it enables, will be standard, available from day one on Volvo Cars’ forthcoming fully electric SUV and improve over time, Ride Pilot will only be made available to customers once it has gone through Volvo Cars’ rigorous verification and testing protocol. This includes validation of the technology as safe for use on highways in a number of varying conditions to support all drivers wherever they are.


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