Volvo is taking expertise that allowed a few of its automobiles to speak with one another about hazardous highway circumstances and increasing it throughout Europe in an effort to extend security, the automaker introduced Monday.
Volvo first launched its Hazard Mild Alert and Slippery Street Alert system in 2016 on Volvo’s 90 Sequence automobiles. However it was restricted to drivers in Sweden and Norway. Subsequent week, Volvo will make the system accessible to drivers throughout Europe.
The system shall be a regular characteristic on all 2020 model-year automobiles in Europe. The system will be retrofitted on choose earlier fashions as nicely, Volvo mentioned.
The vehicle-to-vehicle communication tech that permits the Hazard Mild Alert and Slippery Street Alert system makes use of a cloud-based community to speak between automobiles. For example, when an outfitted Volvo car switches on the hazard mild a sign is shipped to all close by Volvo automobiles related to the cloud service.
The slippery highway alert works by anonymously accumulating highway floor data from automobiles farther forward on the highway and warning drivers approaching a slippery highway part upfront.
“Sharing real-time security information between automobiles might help keep away from accidents,” Malin Ekholm, head of Volvo Automobiles Security Centre mentioned in a press release. “Volvo house owners straight contribute to creating roads safer for different drivers that allow the characteristic, whereas additionally they profit from early warnings to probably harmful circumstances forward.”
The enlargement of the system is the most recent in a sequence of efforts by Volvo to enhance security inside its portfolio and throughout the business. Volvo mentioned, as a part of its announcement, that it has opened a central digital library of all of its previous security analysis, courting again to the 1970s.
Volvo Automobiles reiterated its name to the remainder of the automobile business to hitch it in sharing anonymized information associated to visitors security throughout automobile manufacturers.
Earlier this 12 months, Volvo mentioned it could restrict speeds on all new automobiles, starting with its 2020 fashions, to about 111 miles per hour.
It additionally plans to combine driver monitoring methods into its next-gen, SPA2-based automobiles starting within the early 2020s. That system will be capable to take motion if the driving force is distracted or intoxicated. The digicam and different sensors will monitor the driving force and can intervene if a clearly intoxicated or distracted driver doesn’t reply to warning alerts and is risking an accident involving critical damage or dying. Beneath this state of affairs, Volvo may restrict the automobile’s velocity, name the Volvo on Name service on behalf of the driving force or trigger the car to decelerate and park itself on the roadside.