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Volvo plots autonomous driving trial in Dubai.

Sweden's Volvo Cars will begin

discussions with the Dubai government this month in an effort to make the emirate its third automated driving pilot market.

The company, owned by Chinese billionaire Li Shufu, has announced plans for a 100-car trial using real driv- ers on public roads by 2017, in partnership with authorities in its hometown of Gothenberg, Sweden. It is also in discus- sions to make the United States its second test market.

"We are still at very early stage, we are going to have our first formal meeting inNovember so I don't think it is the right time to discuss a lot about that," said Volvo Cars Middle East general manager Emre Karaer.

"But what I can say is Volvo Cars has a commitment to the market and we are seriously considering making Dubai our third project market."

The manufacturer's Drive Me system is said to be capa- ble of handling a variety of conditions including smooth commuting, heavy traffic and emergency situations.

It forms part of the com- pany's vision to ensure no one is killed or seriously injuredin one of its new cars from 2020 onwards.

In Sweden, the automated vehicles will rely on sensors to drive autonomously on Gothenberg's highways, with drivers taking over once they leave the main roads.

The manufacturer is one of several across the worldlooking to crack the autono- mous car market.

Germany's Audi, BMW and Mercedes recently joined together to buy Nokia's map- ping service HERE for An2.5bn in a bid to better compete with American technology compa- nies looking to enter the space like Apple and Google.

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Date:Nov 25, 2015
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