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Volvo thinks they can stop deaths and serious injuries in their cars by 2020. How do they propose to do this? Is this even possible? Why is Volvo’s S80 considered the safest car? In this article, we will look at the reasons why Volvo thinks it can be able to do that. But the general consensus is that Volvo is miles ahead of many car manufacturers when it comes to safety. And if their new 2016 SUV XC90 is anything to go by, it seems that sooner than we think, they will make this 2020 dream come true. This SUV has been winning awards everywhere for efficiency, safety, performance and eco-friendliness.
It is true that you see a few of their vehicles on the road every year compared to other cheaper brands and therefore you may ask what all these safety measures mean if the company will come out short of money at the end of it all. However, the truth is that these safety features and tests as you will see here are designed for long-term. For example, their new SUV – XC90 can be upgraded with the future safety features.
When Volvo crash-tests, they do it like they mean it. For example, their Gothenburg facility is a marvel. Here, we are made to understand that cars are propelled into walls at 70 mp/h (112 km/h) and these are solid walls.
The lane departure warning system will be advanced so that it can become usable even on roads that have no markings. This would be a very useful safety features in Africa, considering that most of our roads notoriously lack these markings due to poor workmanship and maintenance. This would also make it safe to drive a Volvo on the dirt roads. This run-off road protection feature will keep the car on the road at all times even when there are no markings. However, it will have a manual override and therefore you can regain control of the car whenever you want.
Volvo is making the autonomous driving feature more of a safety thing than something that you switch on when you want to rest. In future, Volvo will make cars that can drive autonomously and at the same time, stay very safe. According to Volvo, your car shall know where it is, what is around it, what is behind it and what is ahead of it. As they say, they put the human being at the center of their innovation rather than the technology. Therefore, you can be assured that by the time they perfect autonomous driving, you can hand over the control of your car to autonomous driving without the slightest worry about safety.
Volvo has perfected the science of blind spot monitoring. For example, their sedan, the S80 which by the way is considered the safest car in the world has side sensors in the blind spots to keep the driver safe all the time. These sensors are the driver’s extra eyes when he wants to change the lane. Warnings can be chimes, blinkers on the mirrors, vibration in the steering wheel or even stopping it altogether.
Volvo keeps enhancing its child safety features. In fact, they say that this is a part of their overall 2020 vision where they say no one should die or be seriously injured in a Volvo. Their comprehensive Children and Cars Safety Manual details everything that a parent needs to know when they are driving with their children. You too can view it here. It is very helpful.