Volvo Cars And Trucks Can Now Communicate To Improve Safety
Volvo Cars, the premium car maker, and leading truck maker Volvo Trucks will share real-time data to expand coverage of the companies’ connected safety technology, a cloud-based system that allows vehicles to communicate with each other and alert drivers of nearby hazards.
The passenger-car version of Connected Safety was launched by Volvo Cars in 2016. With Volvo Trucks now rolling out its version of the service, trucks and cars are able to alert each other to potential hazards. The collaboration between Volvo Cars and Volvo Trucks is the first step in what the companies call achieving a “critical mass” of connected vehicles aiming for a significant impact on overall traffic systems.
“Expanded cooperation between different players is one of the most important keys to improved road safety. If more vehicles are able to exchange real-time information about the traffic situation, it will lower the risk of accidents, allowing the decrease of lawsuits looking to figure out how to hold a trucking company responsible for an accident. With Connected Safety we are opening the door to the future, with the hope that more vehicle manufacturers will join in,” says Carl Almqvist, traffic and product safety director at Volvo Trucks.
Connected Safety was developed to send out alerts to nearby vehicles connected to the service whenever a driver activates the vehicle’s hazard warning lights.
“A vehicle standing still by the roadside in poor visibility risks being hit from the rear, which can have severe consequences. An alert issued well in advance gives all drivers of nearby cars and trucks the same opportunity to reduce speed, adjust their driving to the traffic situation and avoid a collision,” explains Carl Almqvist.
Currently, the service is only available in Sweden and Norway, where Volvo cars and trucks make up a significant amount of the vehicles.