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Volvo's Self-Driving Car Venture Gets Nod to Test on Swedish Roads

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A self-driving Volvo electric truck.

Volvo Cars is participating in a joint venture that will soon start hands-free testing of its software for self-driving vehicles on roads in Sweden.

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A joint venture between Volvo Cars and Veoneer has won approval to begin hands-free testing of its software for self-driving cars on Swedish highways.

The software for Level 4 autonomous driving (high automation, but not complete automation) will be tested in a Volvo car by trained drivers with their hands off the wheel at a maximum speed of 50 miles per hour.

Zenuity, the Volvo-Veoneer joint venture, aims to keep pace with more advanced rivals in the race to develop self-driving vehicles.

Zenuity has been conducting tests in Sweden to collect data to develop autonomous functionalities and sensors, while Volvo has been running separate tests to gather data to improve driver experience and study driver behavior.

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