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Volvo plans to sell self-driving cars in 5 years

2016-10-01 08:00

SELF-DRIVING TECH: Volvo will be testing self-driving cars in 2017. Image: QuickPic

Romulus, Michigan - Volvo plans to sell a self-driving vehicle to consumers in five years.

Volvo CEO Hakan Samuelsson says the car will have a steering wheel  but consumers can pay $10 000 extra for a full autopilot system that will let them relax while the car drives itself.

Test scheduled for 2017, 2018

Samuelsson says Volvo is already making early versions of the vehicles. They'll be tested on public roads in Sweden next year and in London and China in 2018.

Volvo's consumer-focused strategy differs from rivals. Ford plans a self-driving car in five years, but it will go into car-sharing fleets.

READ: Volvo upgrades XC90 - New engine, self-driving tech

Samuelsson says self-driving capability is a way to make its cars more premium. Separately, it's working with Uber to develop shared autonomous vehicles.

Samuelsson spoke Thursday at a mobility conference near Detroit.

READ: Volvo and Uber form driverless car venture

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