July 22, 2016—Volvo announced that it plans to have a vehicle on sale that can pilot itself on highways by 2021, according to a report from Automotive News.
The promise from Volvo matches BMW’s recent promise of an autonomous vehicle on sale by 2021. Volvo is also one of several automakers that have promised automatic emergency braking by 2022, and has even set a goal that no person will be killed or seriously injured in a new Volvo car by 2020.
Volvo will start testing vehicles with autonomous features on the road next year with ordinary customers as drivers. Unlike BMW’s announcement with Mobileye and Intel, Volvo is still looking for partners for the project.
"It's our ambition to have a car that can drive fully autonomously on the highway by 2021," CEO Hakan Samuelsson said. "This technology is something as a carmaker you cannot develop by yourself."