Volvo has announced that it will limit top speed in its cars from 2020 to just 112mph as they strive for zero fatalities in cars.
Volvo has been trumpeting its goal for zero fatalities in its cars for quite some time, and it seems they’re prepared to take whatever measures necessary to achieve the aim.
To that end, Volvo has announced that from 2020 all its cars will be limited to a maximum speed of 112mph (180kph) as, say Volvo, its safety systems become much less effective at high speeds.
Volvo say they have identified three ‘gaps’ in its progress to zero fatalities, and that speeding is a predominant one, with distraction and intoxication in the mix too.
Volvo justify their stance by quoting figures from the NHTSA in the US which show some 25 per cent of traffic fatalities are due to excess speed. But excess speed above 100mph?
Surely, the real danger is doing 50mph in a built-up area near schools, not doing 120mph on an empty motorway in the early hours?
But it seems Volvo also has plans for the former, with ideas about smart speed control and Geofencing technology to limit those speeds too.
Volvo boss Hakan Samuelsson said:
Volvo is a leader in safety: we always have been and we always will be. Because of our research we know where the problem areas are when it comes to ending serious injuries and fatalities in our cars. And while a speed limitation is not a cure-all, it’s worth doing if we can even save one life.
The plan should be good for Volvo sales in Germany.