Volvo has revealed safe, state of the art User Interface (UI) for its self driving cars. Although it is very advanced, this easy to use UI will monitor how drivers transfer control of the car to autonomous mode.
Volvo has designed IntelliSafe Auto Pilot to be safe and simple to use. The autonomous or self drive mode is activated or deactivated using paddles on the steering wheel. When the car is in an area with autonomous driving facility available, it will notify the driver by flashing the lights on the paddles.
The driver can now hand over all the controls of the car or basically chose autonomous driving mode by pulling both the paddles simultaneously. The paddles will then turn the lights to a constant green, indicating that the car is now on autonomous driving mode.
Now, when the car is in an area where the self driving mode is not available, the driver is prompted and a sixty second countdown is initiated for the driver to take over control. If he fails, the car will automatically pull over safely.
This user friendly IntelliSafe Auto Pilot will be debuted in 100 Volvo XC90s in 2017 during the Drive Me project in Gothenburg in 2017. This technology will be available for families and commuters in Gothenburg under real life conditions and they will have a chance to try it out on selected roads for up to 50 kilometers.
Volvo will then introduce the IntelliSafe Auto Pilot technology to general public.