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Volvo Survey Says: Put Steering Wheels in Autonomous Cars

Volvo Survey Says: Put Steering Wheels in Autonomous Cars

By Christian Wardlaw, January 08, 2016


Volvo Cars recently conducted a “Future of Driving” survey of 10,000 global motorists in order to learn more about what car buyers want from autonomous driving technology, and how they expect to live with it. Perhaps illuminating a lack of trust in technology, 92% of respondents believe that a driver should be able to take control of an autonomous vehicle at any moment.

“People have told us that they need to feel in control and have the choice of when to delegate driving to the car,” said Anders Tylman-Mikiewicz, general manager of the Volvo Monitoring & Concept Center. “Today, that need is ultimately fulfilled with the presence of a steering wheel. Therefore, a steering wheel is necessary until those needs change.”

Volvo Concept 26 Autonomous Driving photoAdditional findings of the study include:

  • 90% of respondents believe that autonomous cars should be able to pass human driving tests
  • 88% believe that autonomous vehicle technology should respect the love of driving
  • 81% believe that if an accident occurs while a vehicle is driving autonomously, the car manufacturer and not the car owner must take responsibility
  • 78% believe that autonomous technology will make travel time more useful and worthwhile


With the redesigned 2016 Volvo XC90, the automaker has introduced Sensus Connect, Intersection Auto Brake, Run Off Road Protection, and Pilot Assist technologies. At the 2016 Consumer Electronics Show (CES), Volvo also announced that its new 2017 S90 flagship sedan will include next-generation Pilot Assist semi-autonomous driving technology as standard equipment. Improvements include the ability to work at speeds up to 80 mph, compared with 30 mph in the XC90.

“Imagine a highway of autonomous cars, each filled with people relaxing, enjoying their favorite TV shows in high definition, or catching up on work,” said Tylman-Mikiewicz. “It’s exciting to think about.”

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