IntelliSafe Standard

Safety by Volvo Cars

Defining automotive safety

High standards

IntelliSafe is what we call the standard safety equipment in all new Volvo cars. This high level of standard safety on all new Volvo cars is a vital element in helping us to achieve our safety vision of reducing exposure to safety conflicts on all vehicles. Learn more about some of the key features and how they contribute towards our Vision 2020 - that no one should be killed or seriously injured in a new Volvo car from 2020.

City Safety

City Safety helps to protect people inside and outside the car by spotting potential danger and helping you avoid it. Volvo Cars was the first to introduce this type of safety system as standard in every new Volvo car. City Safety uses radar and camera technology to identify other vehicles, cyclists, pedestrians and large animals, such a moose, elk or horses, day or night. It warns you if it detects an imminent collision and, if you don’t react in time, it can automatically apply the brakes to help avoid or mitigate a collision.

At speed differences up to 50 km/h between the car and the vehicle in front, a collision can be avoided if the driver does not react. At higher speed differences, the collision can be mitigated. In some of our cars City Safety also includes Steering Support, which helps you to steer away from danger as effectively and safely as possible.

Active and connected safety systems

Our approach to safety is unique. We have been studying car crashes in great detail since the 1970s and have developed a range of features that help to mitigate crashes, improve driver alertness, communicate speed limits and even communicate directly to other cars when there is a danger on the road ahead with our Slippery Road and Hazard Light Alert features.

We understand the most common cause of collisions and single vehicle crashes and have developed features to help mitigate a wide range of potential scenarios that could result in a collision or a car leaving the road unintentionally.

Protective safety systems

The foundation for our approach to safety is to help avoid or mitigate accidents before they can occur. In the event of an unavoidable collision we have the technology to make a real difference.

Safety cage

To help keep the occupant space intact in the event of a crash, our cars are made stronger in every sense. The complete safety cage around the occupants is made from hot-formed high-strength steel and is designed for maximum occupant protection in all types of crash scenarios.


Volvo cars contain a range of airbags designed to help protect the occupants in the event of a crash. They include the driver airbag, located in the steering wheel, the front passenger airbag, located in the dashboard, side airbags, introduced by Volvo in 1994, and inflatable curtains, another Volvo first from 1998.


Our current generation seats are made of different grades of steel, to ensure safety and comfort. The energy-absorbing functionality between the seat and seat frame helps to reduce spine injuries. It deforms mechanically to cushion the vertical forces that can arise when the car encounters a hard landing. This is an intergral part of of our Run-off Road Protection feature.

Safety belts

Did you know that the three-point safety belt was first put into production by Volvo Cars? It was designed by Volvo engineer Nils Bohlin in 1959, years before it would become available in most cars. Volvo also pioneered safety belts in the rear seat and a three-point safety belt on the rear seat mid-position. The rear safety belts are vital for the passengers using them, but also for the occupants in front.
The three-point safety belt is one of the most important inventions for mankind and it is the most important protective safety feature in the car.

Read about our safety heritage

Run-off Road Protection

This feature uses input from the car’s advanced sensor system to detect a run-off road scenario. When detected, the front safety belts tighten to keep the occupants in position.