With autonomous and collision-avoidance technology constantly evolving and going from strength to strength over the past decade, it’s no surprise that cars are now safer than ever – and Volvo has made a strong statement, saying that it’s confident its innovative advancements will eradicate fatal crashes and serious injuries in their new cars by 2020.
‘The long term vision is that cars shouldn’t crash,’ said Volvo spokesman Jim Trainor, with the Swedish company saying that a world in which nobody dies in car accidents is closer than you think. The brand has built its reputation on safety, and it firmly believes that self-driving cars are the solution to a crash-free world, with high-tech safety features making drivers safer in the meantime.
These features were initially only fitted to high-end vehicles, but with the cost of safety technology falling, it’s now making its way into more affordable vehicles too. Although autonomous features will take driving out of drivers’ hands to some degree, Volvo has said that it won’t be liable for crashes in which anyone is deliberately attempting to hurt themselves, or for acts of stupidity.
Sensors that currently feature on Volvo cars include a blind spot detector that watches for oncoming vehicles, adaptive cruise control, which reduces speed according to vehicles ahead, a warning for when the car drifts out of its lane, plus a detector that measures a driver’s level of drowsiness, indicating when it’s time for a break. Volvo has also developed a rear impact mitigation system, which prepares the cabin for impact by tightening seatbelts and engaging the brakes when an unavoidable impact is detected, lessening the collision effect.
It has already been proven that these sensors are making Volvo cars more autonomous and safer than ever, as there are currently nine vehicle models, including the XC90, in which nobody in the USA has died in the past four years. Volvo engineer Erik Coelingh said: ‘With the development of full autonomy, we are going to push the limits of automotive safety, because if you make a fully autonomous vehicle you have to think through everything that potentially can happen with a car.’
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