Volvo Launches 2-Kilometer Autodrom to Test Autonomous Cars

    Swedish automaker Volvo launches AstaZero racetrack , specifically designed to test active safety systems and fully autonomous vehicles. Unlike other similar test autodromes, AstaZero is not intended for testing automobile “iron” on different road surfaces, but for testing the ability of software and electronics to drive a car in real road conditions. The circuit includes four city blocks with intersections, a multilane highway section, a high-speed section and a country road.

    AstaZero was built by Volvo in conjunction with several other automakers, in particular Scania, which produces trucks. At the training ground, it will be possible to experience the interaction of cars not only with other cars, but also with pedestrians, cyclists and even animals running out onto the track.

    The construction of the autodrome cost $ 72.5 million. This once again confirms the seriousness of Volvo’s intentions to become a European, and possibly a world leader in the creation of autonomous cars. The company predicts the appearance of fully unmanned vehicles for sale in 2020 - this is 5 years more optimistic than predicted by the pioneer in this industry - Google. In 2017, in Gothenburg, where Volvo is headquartered, a hundred of the company's robotic vehicles will begin tests on general roads.

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