Volvo Cars is taking the next step toward its goal of improving traffic safety. Now, for the first time in the industry, in Europe in a Volvo will be available to innovative network security technology.
By using the cloud network, this technology will allow Volvo cars to share information and to inform drivers about slippery roads or threats that are near them.
System of warning of potential hazards and slippery roads was presented for the first time in 2016, models of the Volvo 90-series in Sweden and Norway. Next week the features will be available to drivers of Volvo cars across Europe. They will be standard on all new Volvo cars 2020 model year. These functions can also be installed on some earlier models*.
“The exchange of safety data in real time can help to avoid accidents, says Center Director Volvo Cars safety Malin Ekholm. – Thanks to these features, the owners of Volvo cars can make roads safer for drivers of other vehicles with activated technology, and will also receive early warning of potentially dangerous conditions.”
Research Volvo in the field of security show that the adjustment speed in accordance with road conditions can dramatically reduce the risk of an accident. Network service security will give advance warning about danger ahead and provide time to adjust speed. This technology will encourage better behaviour of drivers and enhance traffic safety.
With the launch of these technologies in Europe Volvo Cars once again focuses attention on your call-to participants of the automotive industry to join the sharing anonymous data about traffic safety among car brands.
The exchange of such data in real time can provide the improvement of traffic safety. Because the more cars will join this technologies, the more influential it will become. Since last year, Volvo Cars and Volvo Trucks have used network technology to alert drivers about nearby potential threats in Sweden and Norway.
“The more cars will exchange data in real time, the safer our roads will become. We hope to work with partners who share our responsible approach to security,” said Malin Ekholm.
At the time of starting the company, these technologies were first of its kind in the automotive industry. When the driver of a Volvo car equipped with such technology that includes the emergency alert system sends messages to all nearby Volvo cars connected to the cloud service, alerting drivers of potential hazards ahead. This is particularly useful on stretches of road with turns with limited visibility and gradients.
The warning system on slippery roads helps to inform drivers about current road conditions and conditions ahead of anonymously collecting information on the condition of the road surface from cars that are on the road and alerting drivers well in advance that they are approaching a slippery section of road.
Last month, Volvo Cars announced the introduction of several technologies to promote better driver behaviour and safer driving. So, from 2020 in all Volvo cars maximum speed is limited to 180 km/h From the beginning of 2020-ies the company will set car interior cameras and other sensors that will track the behavior of the driver. They will allow the car to intervene in the management if the system determines that driving is a careless driver or a driver in a state of intoxication, which may create an emergency situation, which will result in injury or death.
The company also announced the opening access to its knowledge of security to a centralized digital library and encouraged the auto industry to use this knowledge to ensure that roads become safer for all.
*The system of warning of potential hazards and slippery roads will be available for Volvo cars based on the architecture scalable platform (SPA) or compact modular architecture (CMA), starting with the 2016 model year.