Volvo Cars introduce new technology across Europe to improve traffic safety.
Volvo Cars new one-of-a-kind Safety technology will allow vehicles to communicate with each other and alert drivers of nearby slippery road conditions and hazards via a cloud-based network.
While this is not a new technology – the Hazard Light Alert and Slippery Road Alert were first introduced in 2016 on Volvo’s 90 Series cars in Sweden and Norway – this is the first time the technology will be available across Europe as standard on all new model year 2020 Volvos. It can also be retrofitted on selected earlier models.
“Sharing real-time safety data between cars can help avoid accidents,” said Malin Ekholm, Head of Volvo Cars Safety Centre. “Volvo owners directly contribute to making roads safer for other drivers that enable the feature, while they also benefit from early warnings to potentially dangerous conditions ahead.”
Safety research by Volvo shows that speed and, conversely, slow reaction time in traffic situation lead to higher chances of being involved in an accident. However, with this technology, which lowers the risk, people are alerted to dangers ahead in a timely manner. Connected safety technologies, like the Hazard Light Alert, can support better driver behaviour and boost traffic safety.
With this launch, Volvo Cars invite the auto industry to join together to share anonymized data related to traffic safety across car brands. By sharing data in real time, dealers and manufacturers provide a strong boost to overall traffic safety and become more influential the more cars are connected.
“The more vehicles we have sharing safety data in real time, the safer our roads become. We hope to establish more collaborations with partners who share our commitment to safety,” said Ekholm.
Since last year, Volvo Cars and Volvo Trucks have shared data to alert drivers of nearby hazards in Sweden and Norway.
The way the technologies work is straightforward. When a Volvo switches on its hazard lights, the Hazard Light Alert sends a signal to all other nearby Volvo cars connected to the cloud service, warning drivers to help avoid potential accidents. The technologies are particularly useful on blind corners and over the crest hills in the road.
The Slipper Road Alert increases the drivers’ awareness of both current road decisions and those on the road ahead, by anonymously collecting road surface information from all cars further ahead on the road and warning driver approaching from behind a slippery road section in advance.
Volvo also recently announced its intention to limit the speed at 180 kph to support better driver behaviour and driving. Additionally, the company also hopes to install in-car cameras and other sensors that monitor the driver and allow the car to autonomously intervene if the person is considered to be too intoxicated or distracted.
Finally, the company is also making its safety knowledge easily accessible in a central digital library, which will urge the car industry to use in the internet of safer roads for all.