Autonomous driving

Volvo’s autonomous driving interface revealed

October 5, 2015

Volvo will introduce its autonomous driving mode called IntelliSafe Auto Pilot for the first time in a project called ‘Drive Me’. This project will constitute 100 XC90s that will be autonomously driven on the streets of Gothenburg, Sweden.


In autonomous driving, the interface between the driver and the car is of crucial importance, as it is essential for a safe handover of the driving controls. Volvo says that its interface is simple and intuitive; the autonomous mode can be activated by simultaneously operating the specially-designed paddle shifters behind the steering wheel.

When the car detects a route that it can drive itself, it sends a message to the driver by the way of flashing lights on the paddle shifters indicating that the Auto Pilot is ready to be engaged. The driver only has to operate both paddles at the same time to engage Auto Pilot, which is then confirmed by the car through a continuously-lit green light on the shifters.


When the autonomous route is about to end, the car signals again by flashing lights on the paddles and also through a countdown timer on the right dial of the instrument cluster. The driver has to again tap the paddles simultaneously to regain manual control; if by any reason the driver does not operate the paddles by the time the countdown comes to zero, the car will find a safe spot by itself to park.

The project will supply 100 XC90s to families and commuters around Gothenburg for use in everyday driving conditions. These cars will then be driven autonomously on 50 kilometers of selected roads. After completion of the project, the IntelliSafe Auto Pilot will be made available to the general public.

Further details are available in the press release which is embedded below the image gallery.

Volvo IntelliSafe interface – Image Gallery


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