Connected safety for Volvo cars in Europe
You’re about to turn a blind corner, around which an accident has blocked the road.
While you can’t see the hazard, however, you’re already preparing to slow down in anticipation, having been alerted by a signal from another Volvo vehicle ahead that has switched on its hazard lights.
And further along your journey, your Volvo then receives a warning about slippery road conditions ahead.
These are Volvo Cars’ Hazard Light Alert and Slippery Road Alert in action, ground-breaking, industry-first connected safety technology that are now available across Europe as another step in its ambitions to improve traffic safety.
When a Volvo equipped with Hazard Light Alert has its hazard lights turned on, it automatically communicates to other Volvos connected to a cloud-based network whenever their hazard lights are turned on, allowing their drivers to avoid a potential accident.
Slippery Road Alert increases the driver's awareness of both current road conditions and those on the road ahead, by anonymously collecting road-surface information from cars further ahead on the road and warning drivers in advance that they are approaching a slippery road section.
Above: An illustrative demonstration of Volvo Cars’ Hazard Light Alert technology.
“Sharing real-time safety data between cars can help avoid accidents,” says Malin Ekholm, head of Volvo Cars Safety Centre. “Volvo owners directly contribute to making roads safer for other drivers that enable the feature, while they also benefit from early warnings to potentially dangerous conditions ahead.”
Safety research by Volvo shows that adjusting speeds to the actual traffic situation can radically reduce the risk for accidents. By alerting people to dangers ahead in a timely manner and allowing them to adapt with time to spare, connected safety technologies can support better driver behaviour and boost traffic safety.
With the launch of these features across Europe, Volvo Cars also reiterates its invitation to the car industry to join it in sharing anonymised data related to traffic safety across car brands.
Sharing such data in real time can provide a strong boost to overall traffic safety and becomes more influential the more cars are connected. Since last year, Volvo Cars and Volvo Trucks have shared data to alert drivers of nearby hazards in Sweden and Norway.
“The more vehicles we have sharing safety data in real time, the safer our roads become. We hope to establish more collaborations with partners who share our commitment to safety,” said Malin Ekholm.
Hazard Light Alert and Slippery Road Alert were first introduced in 2016 on Volvo’s 90 Series cars in Sweden and Norway, as the first of their kind in the automotive industry.