Volvo Plans To Sell Self-Driving Car In 5 Years

ROMULUS (AP) – Volvo Car Corp. plans to sell a self-driving vehicle to consumers in five years.

Volvo CEO Hakan Samuelsson says the car will have a steering wheel, but consumers can pay $10,000 extra for a full autopilot system that will let them relax while the car drives itself.

Samuelsson says Volvo is already making early versions of the vehicles. They’ll be tested on public roads in Sweden next year and in London and China in 2018.

Volvo’s consumer-focused strategy differs from rivals. Ford Motor Co. plans a self-driving car in five years, but it will go into car-sharing fleets.

Samuelsson says self-driving capability is a way to make its cars more premium. Separately, it’s working with Uber to develop shared autonomous vehicles.

Samuelsson spoke Thursday at a mobility conference near Detroit.

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One Comment

  1. New York City’s “Ground Zero” is the World Transportation Center (WTC), the point of origin for America’s new self-driving-car infrastructure.

    When you search “World Transportation Center” on the Google Maps app, Manhattan’s former World Trade Center (WTC) comes up.

  2. What a waste of time and money. If anyone buys these vehicles, they will be those who make the fat paychecks, which eliminates a huge part of the population. Thanks for pricing the little guy out of the buying market.

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