Volvo Cars, in collaboration with Gothenburg officials, wants to make the city a model for future green cities. Since the launch of this fascinating project, dubbed “Gothenburg Green City”, all daily commuting must be done with electric vehicles (including hybrid and electric models); In the future, part of the task of transporting citizens will be assigned to Volvo self-driving taxis.
By creating an all-green area inside the city of Gothenburg, Volvo hopes to have a large laboratory and be able to conduct research on electrification, automotive technology and the like in real-world conditions. Håkan Samuelsson, Volvo’s Director of Passenger Cars, said:
“Basically, we are starting a project that aims to limit the number of cars in the city, and that is in line with Volvo’s goals. We want to play a positive role in building future cities and keeping them habitable. “With these measures, we have the opportunity to achieve that goal, and at the same time, we take responsibility in our hometown.”
In its new project, the Swedish carmaker will be allowed to access and use car-to-object communication technology. You may know that with this technology, cars are connected to urban infrastructure and information is exchanged between them. Forcing vehicles to slow down in certain areas with the help of data exchange is one of the applications of this technology.
Although car technology is in the spotlight of many companies these days and we are witnessing the creation of special areas for the implementation of relevant tests in several major cities of the world, but still a large number of governments and officials in different cities are pessimistic about it and permission They do not test in public places.
Although Volvo is one of the pioneers in automotive technology and evaluated the performance of Level 4 cars on Swedish roads in 2019, the fatal accident caused by a semi-automatic XC90 belonging to the Uber fleet has slightly damaged its credibility. In this accident that happened three years ago in Arizona, one person died in an accident due to the inactivity of the collision prevention system and his lack of detection by the car.