Awareness, guidance, reassurance and protection. At one time or another, the human eye has been used to represent all of these things. And is it any wonder? Our eyes are amazing. The second most complex organ in the human body after the brain, our eyes contain 107 million light-sensitive cells, which allow us to perceive objects in colour, depth and detail, as well as help us make informed decisions about our environment. They can also process 36,000 pieces of information every hour and are home to the hardest working muscles in the human body. In fact, whoever coined the phrase, ’our eyes are the window to the soul,’ was actually doing them a disservice – our eyes are our window to the world!
The feeling of freedom, the possibility of adventure and the pleasure that comes from living in the moment: this is what we want from our cars, and our eyes hold the key. When we’re driving, being aware of our surroundings gives us a feeling of control. While just knowing that our cars are capable of keeping a watchful eye out for trouble where we might not expect it gives us a feeling of calm reassurance. When we have these things, we can really start to live in the moment and enjoy the ride. This is why Volvo Cars spends so much time developing new on-board safety solutions: so that you can drive where you want, when you want, without having to worry about any unexpected obstacles getting in your way.
So, how exactly can your car make you more aware when you’re out on the road? Over the years, Volvo Cars has introduced numerous safety solutions designed to help you keep a closer eye on your surroundings. The extra field of vision provided by innovations such as Blind spot information, Lane assist and the 360° birds-eye camera, allows you to stay in control when your vision is limited or obscured. Situations that, only a few short years ago, would have been a lot more difficult to negotiate.
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