Volvo limits the speed of new carsApril 15, 2020
The Swedish safety-conscious brand aims to minimize road deaths and serious injuries on its cars, and a new speed limit is part of its plan.
Volvo begins to produce new cars with a maximum electronic speed of 180 km / h (112 mph). This step is part of Vision 2020’s security commitment, under which the brand seeks to reduce the number of dead or seriously injured passengers in the new Volvo to zero from 2020. Most of the Volvo lineup is undergoing changes, including the V60, V90, XC40 and XC60. The exceptions are the majority of non-hybrid diesel engines, which are currently not so many in the Volvo lineup.
The automaker says that the figure of 180 km / h was chosen in order to balance the safety and customer attitude. German competitors represented by BMW and Audi usually set speed limits at 250 km / h, and Volvo feared losing some customers if its speed limiter was installed at the national level.
In addition to limiting the maximum speed of its new cars, Volvo plans to introduce two more speed limiting technologies on its future models. These include “intelligent speed control”, which limits the vehicle’s speed in accordance with road conditions, and the “geofence” system, which automatically limits the driver’s speed near hospitals and schools.
According to Volvo, at higher speeds, current driver assistance technology is no longer effective in preventing serious injury or death in the event of an accident. The Swedish company cites data from the National Highway Safety and Traffic Safety Administration showing that in 2017, 25% of all accidents on US roads were caused by excessive speeding.
Volvo also plans to address issues of intoxication and distraction of the driver, which are recognized as equally serious causes of death and injuries on the road. This includes a system that uses car cameras and other on-board sensors to find out if the driver is intoxicated, moves strangely, or responds slowly or no longer controls the steering. The system, if necessary, can safely stop the car as a last resort.
“We want to start a conversation about whether car manufacturers have the right, or perhaps even the obligation to install technology in cars that change their driver’s behavior, to solve problems such as speeding, intoxication or distraction. We do not have a clear answer to this question, but we believe that we should take the lead in the discussion and be a pioneer, ”said Hokan Samuelsson, CEO of Volvo Cars.
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