Sweden approves real-world self-driving tests

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Zenuity, a developer of software for self-driving cars (autonomous driving and ADAS) has received approval to conduct self-driving tests on public roads in Sweden. Zenuity is a joint venture between Volvo Cars and Veoneer, an active safety, autonomous driving, occupant protection and brake control technology specialist.

The test program approval has been granted by Transportstyrelsen, the Swedish Transport Agency, covering tests with self-driving cars on Swedish highways. The tests will be conducted by trained drivers, with their hands off the steering wheel at a maximum speed of 50 mph (80km/h).

The routes that have been approved are E4 between Stockholm and Malmö, road 40 between Jönköping and Gothenburg, and E6 between Gothenburg and Malmö.

“This approval takes us one step closer towards unsupervised cars on the roads in the future. They are also essential for collecting important data and improve our active safety functions in order to make it real,” stated Dennis Nobelius, CEO of Zenuity.

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