Volvo is preparing to test its autonomous driving feature “Ride Pilot” in California.

By the middle of this year, the company intends to begin testing on roads in the state, which is favoured for autonomous driving due to the climate, traffic conditions and regulatory framework.

Volvo then aims to offer Ride Pilot to customers in California first, before gradually rolling out in other markets and regions around the globe.

Ride Pilot is planned to be available as an add-on subscription on the company’s forthcoming fully electric SUV.

“We are proud to announce the planned US launch of our first truly unsupervised autonomous driving feature, as we look to set a new industry standard for autonomy without compromising safety,” said Mats Moberg, Head of Research and Development at Volvo Cars.