Volvo Gets Okay to Test Autonomous Cars on Swedish Roads

Sweden’s transport agency has granted permission to the Volvo Car Group to test advanced self-driving-vehicle systems on public highways in Sweden.

The work will be performed by Volvo Cars’ Zenuity AB joint venture with autonomous-car system developer Veoneer Inc. Veoneer was spun off from airbag supplier Autoliv Inc. last year.

The venture has been approved to conduct evaluations at speeds no greater than 80 kph (50 mph) on major roads that connect Stockholm, Gothenburg, Malmo and Jonkoping. All testing will involve trained drivers who can quickly take control of the vehicle if necessary.

Zenuity plans to evaluate Level 4 robotic systems, which are capable of fully controlling a vehicle under almost all circumstances. The venture has been testing components and gathering data about driver behavior ahead of the real-life system assessments.