Volvo Cars has announced plans to deploy connected vehicle safety technology to its cars across Europe, allowing the vehicles to alert each other to potential hazards and slippery road conditions. The technology will allow the vehicles to communicate through a cloud-based network.
The company will extend the availability of its Hazard Light Alert and Slippery Road Alert technologies, which were first introduced on certain models in Sweden and Norway in 2016. They will come as standard on all new model year 2020 Volvos and can be retrofitted on some earlier models.
“Sharing real-time safety data between cars can help avoid accidents,” said 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.”
The carmaker says that by alerting people to dangers on the road ahead, connected safety technologies can support better driver behaviour and boost traffic safety.
Because such data becomes more useful the more cars are connected, Volvo also reiterated an invitation to other car brands to join it in sharing anonymised traffic safety data.
“The more vehicles we have sharing safety data in real time, the safer our roads become,” said Ekholm.
“We hope to establish more collaborations with partners who share our commitment to safety.”
The company’s Hazard Light Alert system works by alerting nearby Volvo cars when a vehicle equipped with the system switches on its hazard lights. Volvo says that the alerts, aimed at helping drivers to avoid potential accidents, can be particularly useful on blind corners and over the crest of hills in the road.
Its Slippery Road Alert system collects information about the road surface from cars further ahead, and uses it to warn drivers if they are approaching a slippery section of road.