Volvo to launch UK's largest self-driving trial

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Swedish carmaker Volvo has announced plans to run the largest ever test of autonomous car technology on UK roads next year, Top Gear reports.

The scheme, 'Drive Me London', is part of the company's pledge to ensure that "no one will be seriously injured or killed in a new Volvo by the year 2020."

The initial part of the scheme will see ordinary families travelling in semi-autonomous vehicles on public roads. The BBC reports that similar trials will take place in the Swedish city of Gothenburg.

Data from these everyday journeys will be recorded to help develop autonomous technology and adapt it to real-world conditions.

The carmaker will work with Thatcham Research with the aim of easing congestion on busy roads as well as significantly reducing the number of traffic collisions that result in injuries and fatalities.

President of Volvo Cars, Håkan Samuelsson, said: "Autonomous driving represents a leap forward in car safety. The sooner autonomous cars are on the roads, the sooner lives will start being saved."

According to Volvo, the number of road accidents could be reduced by up to 30% as a result of autonomous cars, as driver error or distraction causes nine out of 10 incidents.

It is not yet known which roads will be involved in the tests. The scheme will begin in early 2017 with plans to expand to 100 autonomous cars in 2018. This will make it the largest trial of its kind in the UK.

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