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New technologies will let people safely do other things while the car does the driving (Photo: Volvo)

Swedish supplier Autoliv has joined the "Drive Me" autonomous driving project started by Volvo Cars.

Drive Me, initiated by Volvo Cars in December 2013, involves 100 self-driving Volvos that use public roads in Gothenburg in everyday driving conditions. The cars are used by members of the public for daily use.

The addition of Autoliv to the group will help speed up the development of safety systems specifically designed for autonomous driving. "The sooner we can develop the necessary technologies and start offering them in our cars the better," Volvo Cars CEO Hakan Samuelsson said in a press release.

Autoliv CEO Jan Carlson predicted "a new level of automotive safety" once automated driving evolves.

The Drive Me project partners also include the Swedish Transport Administration, the Swedish Transport Agency, Chalmers University, Lindholmen Science Park and the City of Gothenburg.