Volvo is continuing to live up to its reputation as a pioneer of automotive safety. From 2020, its European models will be able to ‘warn’ each other of potential hazards.
An Industry First
Volvo has always been known for the safety of its vehicles; always excelling when the next Euro NCAP test comes along. Now, the Swedish automaker will be offering the industry-first of connected safety technology. It will allow Volvo models to effectively communicate with one and other via a shared cloud-based network. This means they’ll be able to share warnings about slippery road conditions and other hazards.
The ‘Hazard Alert’ and ‘Slippy Road Alert’ features were first made available in 2016. They were fitted in the company’s 90 Series vehicles in Norway and Sweden. The former notifies nearby Volvo vehicles to local dangers, which is especially useful on the crest of hills and blind corners. The latter works by collecting road surface information. Next week, they’ll both become available to drivers throughout Europe. More impressively, they’ll be fitted as standard from 2020 in all of its future cars.
Malin Ekholm, the head of Volvo’s safety centre, has stressed the power of shared data. He said, “Sharing real-time safety data between cars can help avoid accidents. 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.”
The Future Of Connectivity
Research conducted by Volvo has demonstrated connected safety technologies can improve traffic safety and encourage better driver behaviour. As well as standardising its tech, it’s also called on the rest of the automotive industry to follow in the same direction. In particular, it’d like other car manufacturer’s to share anonymous traffic data. As Ekholm explained, “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.”
Whilst the likes of EVs and autonomous vehicles have received much attention over recent years, connected car technology is arguably much more radical. It’ll play an essential role in making vehicles increasingly ‘driverless’ and will transform the driving experience. Applications will include purchasing goods and services from behind the wheel, entertainment systems, breakdown prevention and driver well-being monitoring.
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