Swedish parliament takes part in driverless car seminar

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Autoliv joins other Drive Me project participants in make seminar presentations on cross-sector autonomous vehicle collaboration.

Autoliv will speak to the Swedish parliament on how cross-sector collaboration in automotive, traffic and infrastructure development can spur both safety and innovation.

The seminar, named “Drive Me – Self-Driving cars for Sustainable Mobility”, focuses on the collaborative project where 100 self-driving cars will be tested under daylight conditions on city streets. The seminar was jointly initiated by the Drive Me project, the governing Social Democrats and the Liberals. Autoliv will speak about how safety, quality and innovation go hand in hand when developing autonomous vehicles and smart infrastructure.

“Sweden has a renowned history of close collaboration between industry, academia and the public sector, and as a result, we have seen an impressive amount of Swedish safety innovations. I am confident that Sweden as a nation will continue to play a central role in the safety area, and that self-driving vehicles will be key to this development”, says Jan Carlson, Chairman, President and CEO of Autoliv.

According to the World Health Organization, 1.25 million people die in traffic accidents every year, and the United Nations’ Agenda for Sustainable Development sets a target of halving these numbers by 2030. At Autoliv, the challenges regarding traffic safety and innovation development are seen as linked:

“On the one hand, industry, academia and the public sector all have a responsibility to resolve the urgent matter of global traffic fatalities together. On the other hand, we can now see how innovation in the automotive sector, in traffic and in infrastructure, is key both to resolving these issues, and driving industrial development”, comments Ola Boström, Senior Director of Research at Autoliv, who is also a key note speaker at the seminar.

Autoliv, Volvo Car Group, the Swedish Transport Administration, the Swedish Transport Agency, the City of Gothenburg and Chalmers University are speaking at the conference.

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