Text: Martin Aguilar / Photos: Volvo | posted October 06, 2015 12:30
Volvo reveals 'safe and seamless' autonomous driving interface
Volvo has revealed its autonomous driving interface dubbed as the IntelliSafe Auto Pilot.
According to Volvo, the IntelliSafe Auto Pilot tech is “one of the industry’s most advanced and easy-to-use interface” that intends to deliver a “safe and seamless” autonomous driving.
“We have designed a user interface that is safe and seamless to use so that drivers can confidently transfer and regain control of the car,” said Thomas Ingenlath, SVP Design at Volvo Cars.
The IntelliSafe Auto Pilot is designed to be “simple and intuitive.” Volvo says that when a driver enters a route where autonomous driving is possible, the system will notify the driver that the Auto Pilot feature is available. At the same time, lights on the steering wheel mounted paddlers will start flashing.
Then, the driver can pull both paddles simultaneously in order to activate autonomous driving mode. Subsequently, the lights on the paddles changes to constant green and 'Auto Pilot' confirms that the driving and the supervision has been delegated to the car.
Volvo explains that when autonomous driving is no longer available, the driver will be alerted and a sixty-second countdown will start. If the driver doesn't respond, the car will bring itself to a safe stop.
The IntelliSafe Auto Pilot will be equipped for the first time on 100 XC90 prototypes as part of the company's 'Drive Me' project which kicks off in Gothenburg in 2017. It will eventually be used on mainstream production models with autonomous driving technology.