Volvo North America CEO Lex Kerssemakers discussed future testing during the National Automobile Dealers Association convention in Las Vegas, NV. He compares a potential US experiment to the company's upcoming Drive Me pilot program for 100 driverless cars, which begins in Gothenburg, Sweden, in 2017. "Our ambition is to have a similar project also in the United States," he said, according to the news outlet. "When? I do not know. It is very premature. It is in the very early stages." Any tests in the US would start after the Swedish program.
If Volvo decides to try autonomous vehicles on American roads, it would be the latest in the company's work to bring driverless cars to production. In addition to the test in Gothenburg, the automaker also recently announced a similar evaluation for 100 vehicles in China, but didn't disclose the specific locations for the experiment.
Volvo already offers the 2017 S90 with semi-autonomous driving capability, but the company believes fully driverless cars are the future. To support that judgment, the Swedish automaker promised to accept liability for any accidents caused by its self-driving technology. Such a serious pledge makes it vital for the business to work kinks out of the system before giving the keys to the public, and tests like the ones in Sweden, China, and possibly the US make that development possible.