A Volvo executive revealed that the company plans to test driverless cars in China and they will deploy up to 100 vehicles for testing.
This program is expected to be announced soon. By then, the tests will be completed by local testers on daily public roads, but only limited to expressways and highways.
According to local media reports, the executive said that Volvo is looking for Chinese cities that can provide necessary approvals, supervision policies and infrastructure to enable the implementation of this test. However, the company did not disclose the detailed timeline.
China is reportedly the largest automobile market in the world and the central government previously promised that they would actively embrace future technologies like driverless cars. Therefore, Volvo hopes to make the best of the government's policy support.
Volvo already launched a similar program in Goteborg, Sweden, and the company plans to deploy driverless cars from 2017.