Swedish passenger car maker, Volvo Cars is introducing another groundbreaking safety technology in cars to improve traffic safety. The industry first connected technology allows Volvo cars to communicate with each other and alert drivers of nearby slippery road condition and hazards via a cloud-based network. As of now, Volvo is introducing this technology in the European region and soon it will be implemented in all regions.
Hazard Light Alert and Slippery Road Alert were first introduced in 2016 on Volvo’s 90 Series cars in Sweden and Norway. Soon these features become available to Volvo cars across Europe as standard on all new model year 2020 Volvos and can be retrofitted on selected earlier models.
As soon as any equipped Volvo switches on its hazard lights, the Hazard Light Alert sends a signal to all nearby Volvo cars connected to the cloud service, warning drivers to help avoid possible accidents. This is particularly useful on blind corners and over the crest of hills in the road.
Meanwhile, Slippery Road Alert increases the driver's awareness of both current road conditions and those on the road ahead, by anonymously collecting road surface information from cars further ahead on the road and warn drivers approaching a slippery road section in advance.
Malin Ekholm, Head of Volvo Cars Safety Centre, said: “Sharing real-time safety data between cars can help avoid accidents. 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.”
Recently, the Volvo has announced that from 2020, all Volvo cars will be limited to a top speed of 180kmph and it will install in-car cameras and other sensors that monitor the driver and allow the car to intervene if a clearly intoxicated or distracted driver is risking an accident causes to injury or death.
Volvo also announced that it is making its safety knowledge easily accessible in a central digital library, which it urges the car industry to use in the interest of safer roads for all.