Volvo Explains How Its Autonomous Driving Interface Works [w/Video]

Volvo’s IntelliSafe Auto Pilot autonomous driving interface is detailed in a new video released by the automaker to show how people will use the self-driving mode in the future.

Described as one of the industry’s “most advanced and easy-to-use interfaces”, IntelliSafe Auto Pilot will oversee how drivers will transfer control to a car’s autonomous driving (AD) mode in its upcoming cars.

Volvo says the interface has been designed to be simple and intuitive, with the autonomous mode being activated and deactivated with specially-designed paddles on the steering wheel.

When the car enters a route where autonomous driving is available, it gives the driver a message that the Auto Pilot is ready. At the same time, lights on the steering-wheel paddles start flashing.

In order to activate autonomous mode, the driver has to pull both paddles simultaneously. After that, the lights on the paddles change to constant green and Auto Pilot confirms that the car has taken over driving.

When autonomous driving is no longer available, the driver is prompted to take over again and a sixty-second countdown is displayed. If, for any reason, the driver doesn’t use the paddles to regain control within this minute, the car will bring itself to a safe stop.

The new IntelliSafe Auto Pilot will be available for the first time on the 100 XC90 SUVs Volvo will supply for the Drive Me project in Gothenburg in 2017. Following its use in Drive Me, the IntelliSafe Auto Pilot will then be introduced to the general public.

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