Hazard alert tech connects Volvo Cars and Volvo Trucks
Imagine being able to ‘see’ a potential hazard around a blind corner or over the crest of a hill.
It’s becoming a realistic scenario for more drivers, with premium car maker Volvo Cars and leading truck manufacturer Volvo Trucks sharing real-time data to expand the number of vehicles equipped with connected safety technology.
The technology is based around a cloud system that allows vehicles to communicate with each other and alert drivers of nearby hazards.
Volvo Cars’ Hazard Light Alert technology is the first of its kind in the automotive industry. As soon as any equipped Volvo switches on its hazard lights, an alert is sent to all nearby Volvo cars connected to the cloud service, warning drivers to help avoid potential accidents.
This is the first time Volvo Cars is sharing safety related data with another company. The collaboration with Volvo Trucks represents the first step towards achieving a critical mass of connected vehicles that could have a significant impact on overall traffic safety.
From 2018, live and anonymised data will be shared between selected Volvo trucks sold in Sweden and Norway with the company’s own hazard-alert systems, and Volvo cars equipped with the company’s Hazard Light Alert system.
Volvo Cars has a strong history of sharing safety knowledge with others in the interest of saving as many lives as possible. In 1959, Volvo opened the patent for the three-point seatbelt to all other car makers, saving an estimated one million lives to date.
“Connected safety allows Volvo drivers to virtually ‘see around the corner’ and avoid a critical situation or accident before it happens,” said Malin Ekholm, vice president of the Volvo Cars Safety Centre. “The ability to see further ahead and avoid hazards is something we want to share with as many drivers as possible.
“The more vehicles we have sharing safety data in real time, the safer our roads become. We look forward to establishing further collaborations with other partners who share our commitment to traffic safety.”
Hazard Light Alert has been available in Sweden and Norway since 2016, where it is standard on all 90 and 60 series cars as well as the XC40.
Adding selected models of Volvo Trucks’ fleet to the cloud will cover more area, identify more potential hazards and boost overall traffic safety. Both Volvo brands represent a considerable portion of new vehicle registrations in the region.
By anonymising, validating and aggregating the data that is collected and shared, the initiative will comply with the General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) that is rolled out across the Europe this year.
Volvo Cars and Volvo Trucks are related but separate companies. Volvo Cars is owned by Zhejiang Geely Holding (Geely Holding), while Volvo Trucks is under the ownership of AB Volvo.
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