Volvo plans to test 100 self-driving cars in normal traffic conditions in China

In an announcement made in Beijing, China, Thursday morning local time, Swedish auto manufacturer Volvo Cars has revealed that it plans to conduct its self-driving car experiment -- which is part of the company's 'Drive Me' programme -- in China.

According to the details shared by Erik Coelingh, Volvo's senior technical leader for safety and driver support technologies, Volvo plans to put 100 self-driving cars to test on public roads in China. The cars will be tested in normal city-traffic conditions across the country.

With Volvo Cars -- which is owned by Chinese carmaker Geely -- having worked out a partnership with China to test its self-driving cars on public roads in the country, it is apparent that the Chinese government wants to be one of the leading players in the autonomous car arena.

Meanwhile, about Volvo's self-driving car experiment, Coelingh said that the testing of self-driving cars on public roads will enable Volvo to understand how autonomous car technology can "bring an impact" to its customers as well as to the society.

With regard to Volvo's plans to deploy 100 self-driving cars on public roads in China, Coelingh said that the move will enable Volvo "to learn about how the technology works; learn about how it impacts on safety and how ordinary customers would use a self-driving car."