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May 21, 2014updated 22 Sep 2016 2:29pm

Top 5 driverless cars projects to watch in 2014

The companies bringing the future a step closer.

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With Google planning to introduce its driverless cars for public use over the next three years, it should come as no surprise that other car manufacturers around the world are attempting to do the same as well. Here are five of the most interesting full-size driverless cars hoping to hit the market soon.

1. Volvo Drive ME

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Photo source: Volvo

The Swedish automaker announced in December 2013 that it’s ‘Drive Me’ project would start testing 100 self-driving cars on Swedish roads by 2017.

The project involves transport authorities, vehicle manufacturers and legislators, which Volvo hopes will distinguish it from other smart car projects.

The technology, called Autpilot, features radar systems and onboard cameras alongside Volvo’s own cloud platform, and would allow motorists to switch from driverless mode to full manual control.

Volvo said ordinary customers would do the driving in everyday conditions on about 50km of selected roads in and around Gothenburg.

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Erik Coelingh, technical specialist at Volvo Cars, said: "The test cars are now able to handle lane following, speed adaptation and merging traffic all by themselves."

 

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