Slippery Road Alert
4:00 PM | April 11 2017

Sharing safety traffic data to save lives, time and taxpayers’ money

Self-driving technologies promise to get us around with less effort behind the wheel, taking us on our daily commute or on a long journey. An important defining feature of autonomous cars is that they will be permanently connected to improve safety of driver, passengers – and all other road users.

While the prospect of spending time in our cars doing what we want to do instead of manoeuvring the steering wheel is encouraging, the priority for automakers and governments should always be safety. That’s how the CEO of Volvo Cars, Håkan Samuelsson, put it at the 1st European Conference on Connected and Automated Driving in Brussels earlier this week.

Volvo Cars believes that lawmakers and the car industry should join hands in sharing traffic data in order to improve global traffic safety. By sharing anonymised data related to traffic safety in real time, we can provide a strong boost to overall traffic safety while safeguarding the privacy of individual road users.

For the greater good – already sharing data
“We think this type of data sharing should be done for free, for the greater good and to the wider benefit of society. It saves lives, time and taxpayer money”, said Samuelsson. “I call on other car makers and governments to work with us on realising this type of data sharing as widely as possible.”

Volvo Cars is defining a completely new type of road safety system in a world of connected cars. Our latest connected innovations - Slippery Road Alert and Hazard Light Alert - use the cloud to share critical data between vehicles, alerting the driver about slippery road sections or vehicles that have activated their hazard lights - providing the driver with enough time to slow down.