Volvo Car to support first ever road tests of autonomous driving
technology in Australia
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22nd July, 2015
Volvo Car Australia is supporting a national initiative to road test
autonomous driving technology on Australian roads for the first time ever.
Yesterday Volvo joined the ARRB Group, Australia’s national independent road research agency, and the South Australia
Government to announce Australia’s first autonomous vehicle demonstration trials will begin in November this year. The
ARRB announced today the trials will coincide with a Driverless Vehicle Conference to be held on 5th-6th November.
To support the trial Volvo Car Australia will provide an all-new XC90 that will be specially programmed to allow its
IntelliSafe Assist (Adaptive Cruise Control including Pilot Assist, Lane Keeping Aid, Distance Alert, and Speed Limiter
Function) to be operated hands free, within a controlled environment.
One of Volvo’s top international safety experts, Dr Trent Victor, will be a keynote speaker at the Driverless Vehicle
Conference and will assist with the trials. Dr Victor, who is Volvo’s Senior Technical Leader Crash Avoidance, is an
internationally recognised safety and crash expert.
Over the past 20 years he has filed more than 20 patents and published over 60 papers while establishing a unique
track record of applying behavioural science data to crash avoidance innovation.
Volvo is a global leader in developing autonomous drive technology, and will have more than 100 autonomous cars on the
road in Sweden by 2017.
Kevin McCann, Managing Director of Volvo Car Australia said: “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
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“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
“We are delighted to be involved with the ARRB demonstration and conference in South Australia, where we believe
Volvo Car Australia can make a positive and significant contribution.”
ARRB Group Managing Director Gerard Waldron said: “ARRB will establish how driverless technology needs to be
manufactured and introduced for uniquely Australian driving behaviour, our climate and road conditions, including what
this means for Australia’s national road infrastructure, markings, surfaces and roadside signage.”
“The trials in South Australia this November will be the first of many trials nationally, with discussions underway
in a number of jurisdictions. ARRB Group is calling for additional states, territories and partners to support this
important national research initiative. We’re seeking technology and automotive industry partners to assist us in
Australia’s driverless vehicle innovation,” he added.
About the partners
Partners supporting ARRB’s Driverless Vehicles Initiative:
Government of South Australia; Volvo Car Australia; Bosch; Telstra; RAA; Adelaide Airport Limited; Flinders
University; Carnegie Mellon University; Cohda Wireless.
ARRB Group is a leading expert globally in road research and technology. For the last 55 years it has been helping
transport, road and infrastructure bodies to identify and adopt best practices for developing and maintaining safe and