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No more than 180 km / h, in case of driver inadequacy – a complete stop: how Volvo will deal with unsafe driving

Measures are included in the strategy to improve road safety, which the company plans to implement by 2020.


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In early March, Volvo told about plans to limit the maximum speed in all of its cars to 180 km / h by 2020. This is part of the Vision 2020 strategy, which was fully presented on March 20 at a presentation at Volvo headquarters in Gothenburg, Sweden. In short, it is interpreted by representatives of the company as follows: “By 2020, no one should be killed or seriously injured in Volvo cars.”

Volvo believes that shifting responsibility for road safety to technology alone is not possible. Representatives of the company told that they conducted a study that revealed three key human factors affecting safety on the roads:speeding, drunk driving and inattention behind the wheel.

Excess – speed limit

To combat speeding on all Volvo cars released after 2020, a maximum speed limit of 180 km / h will be set. Volvo Cars CEO Håkan Samuelsson said in a conversation with Bloomberg: “There is no reason why you would drive a Volvo faster than 180 km / h.”. At a press conference, he said that in some cases, restrictions may depend on geolocation: “I don’t think we would like to drive at a speed of 250 km / h near schools.”

According to the head of Volvo Cars, speeding is a frequent cause of the accident on the autobahn in Germany, where drivers are recommended to move at a speed of 130 km / h, and in many areas there is a minimum speed limit of 80 km / h. The company does not want to become a “big brother”, but with such restrictions it wants to attract a responsible audience that will reduce the risk of the human factor in case of accidents.

At the presentation, representatives of Volvo Cars drew attention to the massive skepticism caused by the measure to limit speed to 180 km / h, and recalled a similar reaction to the introduction of the seat belt 60 years ago. At that time, the comments were similar: some stated that it was not normal to tie people, others believed that the belt would make the patrol policemen perform their work less effectively.

In addition, the Care Key system will appear in Volvo cars from the 2021 model range. It allows the owner of the car to set maximum speed limits on his car before transferring them to others. For example,the father can set the speed limit of his car before allowing his son to go to a party.

Inattention and alcohol – cameras and automatic steering control

Volvo believes that it is possible to effectively deal with drunk and inattentive drivers with the help of control through the built-in car video cameras that record driver behavior. The company claims that such cameras should be directed not only inside the cabin, but also outside: the former can study his face, while the latter determine the patterns of movement of the car.

In case cameras detect problems with the driver, the car may even take control of the wheel. The response options of the system include: speed reduction, alert of the emergency services through Volvo on Call, and even a gradual reduction in speed up to a full stop and automatic parking of the car in a safe place.

If the driver, due to the scattered attention or state of intoxication, ignores the signals of the car, warning of the risk of accidents, the systems-assistants for driving in this particular situation will be automatically activated.

Examples of such behavior include insufficient steering or driving on the side for a long time, driving behind the wheel with eyes closed, as well as wagging from lane to lane or an overly slow reaction to the traffic situation.Volvo Press Office

Such innovations will appear on all cars since 2021, created on the new platform SPA2, reported in Volvo.

Safety data for women

Among other things, a study of the safety of cars, the data for which Volvo took from tests up to the 1960s, showed that women in cars were more vulnerable than men, especially higher women. This is partly becausecrash test dolls were made to male standard.

Volvo announced that as part of the EVA (Equal vehicles for all) project, the company managed to achieve risk equalization for male drivers and female drivers, and the company is going to share the collected data with other car manufacturers.

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