Cars that can find their way to a destination without the input of a driver have been in the works for long enough that it is no longer a question of if there will be driverless cars, but when. In fact, Volvo has launched a corporate initiative that by 2020 no person should be killed or seriously injured in a new Volvo. The company says it believes that self-driving cars, as well as autonomous driving features, are part of the answer, as they can prevent crashes.
In 2017, the company's Drive Me project will feature 100 self-driving Volvos on public roads in and near the automaker's Swedish hometown of Gothenburg. Customers will use the cars in everyday driving conditions on about 31 miles of public roads.
Meanwhile, the company's first autonomous driving features will appear in the 2015 Volvo XC90, with an adaptive cruise control system that can automatically steer to follow the car ahead of it in a line of traffic. The system also can detect when your car is about to drive off the road's edge and steer it back on track.