Volvo cars took another important step for improving road safety in Europe by making the industry-first connected safe technology cars. This technology will allow the Volvo cars to communicate and alert the drivers about nearby slippery road conditions and hazards via a cloud-based network. At first, this technology was introduced in Sweden and Norway in 2016. Initially Hazard Light Alert and Slippery Road Alert were available in Volvo’s 90 Series. This feature will be available by next week in Europe to Volvo drivers. Moreover, these alerts will be standardized for all the new Volvos model years 2020 and can be retrofitted on models based on the company’s SPA or CMA platforms from the model year 2016 onwards.
According to, the head of the safety center of Volvo cars, Malin Ekholm: Sharing real-time safety data between cars can help avoid accidents.” He added that Volvo always plays its role in making roads safe by enabling safety features such as early warnings to potentially dangerous conditions ahead. Moreover, Volvo announced that all the vehicles will be limited to the speed of 180 km/h from 2020. Not only this but to make the roads safer the company will also install in-car cameras and other sensors that monitor the driver which will allow the car to intervene if a clearly intoxicated or distracted driver is risking an accident involving serious injury or death.
Ekholm said: “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.”
The Hazard Light Alert works as soon as any equipped Volvo switches on its hazard lights. The system immediately sends the signal to all the nearby connected Volvo cars to the cloud service about the potential accidents. This feature is not only beneficial for blind spots but can also serve the purpose over the crest of hills in the road. On the other hand, Slippery Road Alert alerts the driver about the current condition of the road. Besides this, it also alerts about the road ahead by anonymously collecting road surface information from cars further ahead on the road and warn drivers approaching a slippery road section in advance.