Volvo Car Group Puts Consumers at The Heart of the Connected Car Debate

Safety benefits of connected cars

Leading officials and automotive experts gathered in Washington today to discuss “The Safety Benefits of Connected Cars”. Hosted by the Embassy of Sweden and Volvo Car Group, the seminar explored the safety advantages of connected vehicles and the challenges faced by an industry keen to align on a vision for driverless cars. Subjects such as cyber security, legislation, infrastructure and environmental implications dominated the session and attracted an audience keen to debate the future of a technology that has grabbed the attention of drivers around the world.

Enabling vehicles to communicate with each other as well as highway infrustucture, opens up fantastic possibilities that allows information to be shared and exchanged – creating a more comfortable, environmentally friendly and safer drive. Information such as temporary road blocks, crash disturbances and approaching emergency vehicles, can help drivers make more informed driving decisions with the support of this consumer centric technology.

Volvo Car Group believe that Connected Car technologies are an important part of its ambition to reduce the number of fatalities and serious injuries. These technologies further support Volvo’s vision that no one will be killed or seriously injured in a new Volvo car by the year 2020.

- Over 90 percent of all crashes in the U.S. are a result of driver error

- 6% of all accidents and 3% of all fatalities are caused by slippery road conditions

- 10% cent of all traffic fatalities at intersections are the result of red-light violations

Volvo also conducted the first ever demonstration in the US of Adaptive Cruise Control with Steer Assist in real traffic conditions, a technology that paves the way for full autonomous driving . At the push of a button, the technology automatically follows the preceding vehicle in slow-moving lines of traffic traveling at speeds of under 31mph. Radar sensors and a camera helps to automatically maintains a set distance with the vehicle in front and steers the car to keep it within its lane.

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The Connected Car technology is further enhanced by two partnerships Volvo has entered into to develop driver assistance systems and autonomous driving. Volvo has partnered with MIT to evaluate ways to measure the state of a driver and analyse drowsiness, workload, stress levels and heart conditions. In addition, a partnership with NAVTECH is being explored to evaluate the best way of finding efficient map data for autonomous driving applications, an essential component for the advancement of autonomous driving.

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