Car manufacturer Volvo is aiming to build cars that can drive by themselves and avoid collisions.
Self-driving cars have been on the table for a few years now with companies investing large sums in an attempt to develop the technology to the point where it can be used in consumer vehicles. Despite huge technical and legal hurdles, Volvo believes that by 2020 its cars will be so advanced that nobody using them will ever be injured or killed again.
The key lies in two mechanisms - driver assistance technology and autonomous driving. Various sensors would allow the car to detect hazards and take appropriate action on behalf of the driver such as putting on the breaks in the event that something is on the road ahead. Autonomous driving would allow the car to drive itself through the use of a 'road train' in which a lead vehicle controls those following it, allowing the other drivers the option to sit back and relax.
"Struggling Swedish-based car maker Volvo is aiming to be selling by 2020 cars that can drive themselves and avoid crashes."
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