Swedish carmaker, Volvo, has announced plans for an ambitious self-driving vehicle trial to take place on UK roads from 2017.

The trial will see members of the British public recruited to drive in autonomously adapted XC90s on public roads.

The trial will begin with a limited number of cars taking to the streets of London from early-2017, with the scheme extending to up to 100 vehicles by 2018.

Additional equipment featuring in the SUV includes computer systems, cameras and sensors. This will enable it to carry out steering, lane changes, acceleration and braking without driver control.

Volvo President Hakan Samuelsson commented: 'Autonomous driving represents a leap forward in car safety.

'The sooner AD cars are on the roads, the sooner lives will start being saved.'

The data gathered from the scheme will be analysed by Volvo in order to continue developing autonomous vehicles.

However, the firm has not yet revealed which parts of the capital will be used for the trial.

Volvo’s announcement follows in the wake of the March 2016 Budget, in which the Chancellor of the Exchequer, George Osborne, announced plans for trials which will allow autonomous cars on motorways from 2017.

Expected in the near future is the dissolution of regulations that prevent autonomous driving. This would mean that UK motorists could expect to share the roads with driverless cars as early as 2020.

Jack Evans


After completing his university studies in English and Creative Writing in Cardiff, Jack is now a full time motoring writer at Blackball Media. His love of cars stems from his childhood years when he began to live and breathe all-things automotive.

April 27, 2016

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