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Trevor Collett | Jul, 22 2015 | 3 Comments

Volvo has announced it will bring a self-driven car to Australia later this year for a first-ever test of the technology on Australian roads.

An autonomous version of the Swedish carmaker’s all-new XC90 SUV is the chosen test vehicle, and Adelaide’s Southern Expressway is where the test will take place.

Volvo plans to test the XC90’s ability to negotiate the road while recognising road signs, completing overtaking manoeuvres, using adaptive cruise control and more.

But Adelaide locals hoping to witness the XC90 in action will be disappointed to learn that the Southern Expressway will be closed while the test is underway.

“As a leader in the development of autonomous drive technologies, Volvo’s aim is to make this technology realistically available for customers in production cars in the near future,” Volvo Australia Managing Director, Kevin McCann, said.

“Volvo believes autonomous drive technology will deliver significant consumer and societal benefits, including improved traffic safety, improved fuel economy, reduced congestion, and the opportunity for improved infrastructure planning.”

While the XC90 is strutting its stuff on Adelaide roads, a Driverless Vehicle Conference will be run concurrently on November 5-6.

Volvo’s Dr Trent Victor will be the keynote speaker at the Conference, as the man in charge of Volvo’s push for zero fatalities or serious injuries in its new models by 2020.

Aside from Volvo, partners for the Australian autonomous test program include the ARRB Group, Bosch, Telstra, the RAA, Flinders University and South Australia’s State Government.

The ARRB Group is now calling on other Australian states and territories to get on board.

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