A wide-ranging, informative interview with Torbjörn Holmström, Senior Advisor to the CEO of Volvo. According to Holmström,
Today we’re introducing automation that enhances the driver’s performance and makes the driver’s job easier. And that’s what we did also in 1979. We saw that a driver was worn out when by shifting and clutching, so we simply said, ‘we have to do something about that, because the drivers can’t really run a vehicle until retirement.’ Today we see a lot of new technology coming in but nothing has been released to the public. My view is that we will have things coming into the public within 5 to 10 years. To go fully autonomous in all kinds of operations all over the world, both for trucks and cars, is a very big step. Not just technology wise, but also legally, and the infrastructure, and society, and so on, must be there to make it safe for us going forward.
You can read the full interview at the LSE Business Review.