Volvo cars across Europe will be connected to warn each other about upcoming road hazards and slippery road surfaces to help cut accidents.
It’s no secret that Volvo is on a mission to end all fatalities in cars and make driving as safe as possible, although the recent announcement about Volvos limited to 112mph from 2020 seems more about headlines than safety. Just how many accidents involve cars going more than 112mph?
But Volvo’s latest safety idea is a lot more practical and addresses real issues, like unexpected hazards and slippery roads.
After trialing it in Sweden and Norway since 2016, Volvo is rolling out its cloud-based Hazard Light Alert and Slippery Road Alert systems across Europe, promising the data sent and delivered will be both anonymous and useful.
Volvo reckons sharing data from one car to another about upcoming hazards will make roads safer, with the system sending alerts to Volvos in the vicinity if a Volvo driver sticks on their hazard lights (which could lead to confusion on a Saturday afternoon on every high street as Volvo owners stick on their hazards to pop in to a shop) or the car senses slippery roads.
It seems an eminently sensible idea with real practical benefits, and Volvo is encouraging other car makers to join in and make the information more widely available.
Volvo say the new technology is being fitted to all 2020 models across Europe, and that it can be retro-fitted to all Volvo’s current crop of cars built on the CMA and SPA platforms.