Deployment in the U.S. will begin with several thousand autonomous vehicles in 2020, with that number growing to nearly 4.5 million vehicles by 2035, according to IHS Automotive forecasts. As in many other markets, a variety of use cases and business models are expected to develop around consumer demand for personal mobility.
Volvo's autonomous driving pilot program, "Drive Me," plans to put 100 consumers in autonomous driving vehicles beginning in 2017.
"The difference between states regarding the safety benefits of autonomous cars highlights why we need a federal framework for autonomous driving regulations," Lex Kerssemakers, CEO of Volvo Car USA, said in a statement.
Volvo plans on developing autonomous vehicles that will give drivers the ability to choose when they want to control the car and when they want to car to drive itself, according to Kerssemakers. "The Future of Driving survey confirmed that consumers seek this freedom as autonomous driving technologies are introduced," he said.
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