More autonomy from Volvo
October 29, 2012 § Leave a comment
Volvo’s moving a stage closer towards autonomy, in several senses. It’s to fit a traffic jam assistance system in production cars in 2014, adding to existing adaptive cruise control and lane-keeping tech to enable a car to automatically follow the vehicle in front in slow-moving traffic. Autonomous Driving Support works at speeds up to 50kmph, and is activated by the driver pushing a button; it will steer the car as well as brake and accelerate it, maintaining a safe gap from the vehicle ahead. It can be overridden at any time, of course, and is a step towards implementation of the full SARTRE ‘platooning’ system. And it is integrated into Volvo’s upcoming self-developed Scalable Product Architecture, the underpinnings of the next-generation models which mark the company’s rebirth since its sell-off by Ford.
- Londoners – want a free domestic 16-amp EV charger? The Low Carbon London programme (funded by the OLEV/Plugged-In Places government scheme) is handing out free chargers to individuals and businesses willing to take part in a trial and have their charging behaviour monitored. The research, by UK Power Networks, is to study demand on the national grid and build up a picture of potential peaks. Some additional on-street points will also be supplied to Source London. More at just-auto, and you can apply at Low Carbon London.