Cloud-based technology allows Volvo vehicles to alert one another to dangers.
Volvo Cars and Volvo Trucks have announced plans to share real-time data to expand coverage of the companies’ connected safety technology, a cloud-based system that allows vehicles to communicate with each other and alert drivers of nearby hazards.
In 2018, the data will be shared between selected Volvo trucks sold in Sweden and Norway with the company’s own hazard-alert systems, and Volvo cars equipped with Volvo Cars’ Hazard Light Alert system.
“Sharing real-time safety data based on our connected safety technology can help avoid accidents,” said Malin Ekholm, Vice President of the Volvo Cars Safety Centre. “The more vehicles we have sharing safety data in real time, the safer our roads become. We look forward to establishing further collaborations with other partners who share our commitment to traffic safety.”
With Volvo Cars’ Hazard Light Alert technology, as soon as any equipped Volvo switches on its hazard lights, an alert is sent to all nearby Volvo cars connected to the cloud service, warning drivers to help avoid potential accidents.
Hazard Light Alert has been available in Sweden and Norway since 2016, where it is standard on all 90 and 60 series cars, as well as the XC40. The company did not say if/when they’ll be offering the technology in other markets.