As self-driving cars ever-so-slowly become the norm rather than the exception, carmakers are facing the challenges of ‘modernising’ car interiors to suit the new technology.
Volvo’s autonomous vehicle program is well underway, and the company has now unveiled a new driving interface called IntelliSafe Auto Pilot.
The Swedish carmaker says its new interface is “seamless” and easy to use, and its primary aim is to handle the transition from driver-controlled operation to autonomous driving.
As a driver reaches a point in the journey where they want the car to take over, steering wheel-mounted paddles allow the driver to switch modes.
The car will also give the driver a message when autonomous operation is available, along with a 60-second countdown at a point where the driver will be required to take control again.
If the driver doesn’t respond within the 60-second window, the car will bring itself to a safe stop.
“We have designed a user interface that is safe and seamless to use so that drivers can confidently transfer and regain control of the car,” Volvo’s Thomas Ingenlath said.
Volvo’s IntelliSafe Auto Pilot will debut in the fleet of 100 XC90 SUVs that will take part in the Drive Me project in Gothenburg in 2017.
Assuming a successful debut in the hands of the program’s participants, IntelliSafe Auto Pilot will be rolled out through Volvo’s line-up.
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