The autonomous version of the XC90 SUV will be the first vehicle to be handed to real families in Gothenburg and will be driven on public roads.
Volvo already offers Pilot Assist which keeps the car centered with lane markings. The new Drive Me cars will add to this by offering hands off and feet off capabilities. These will only be used in special zones in the city.
Drive Me, unlike other autonomous experiments will be consumer focused and will combine research from its own engineers as well as the data it gathers from real customers.
The idea is that by having multiple data points, Volvo will be able to offer this system in its vehicles when it launches commercially around 2021.
The cars are currently in the testing phase to make sure that the technologies function as they should. Once complete, the cars will be handed over to customers who are taking part in the Drive Me experiment.