Volvo's trucks and cars will communicate to improve safety

Trucks and cars by automotive giant Volvo will soon communicate with each other to improve road safety.

Operating as two separate entities with the same owner, Volvo Cars and Volvo Trucks will collaborate on the ‘Connected Safety’ solution. By implementing V2V (Vehicle-to-Vehicle) technology, the companies hope sharing real-time data about road hazards may help to prevent accidents.

Carl Johan Almqvist, Traffic and Product Safety Director at Volvo Trucks, says:

"Expanded cooperation between different players is one of the most important keys to improved road safety. If more vehicles are able to exchange real-time information about the traffic situation, it will lower the risk of accidents.

With Connected Safety we are opening the door to the future, with the hope that more vehicle manufacturers will join in.”

Vehicles sharing data about potential hazards and dangerous road conditions has long been touted as one major goal of smart cities. A connected car which experiences a slip on some ice could log the position and share with other cars to warn them to slow down. With driverless cars being developed, this information will become even more invaluable.

"A vehicle standing still by the roadside in poor visibility risks being hit from the rear, which can have severe consequences,” explains Almqvist. “An alert issued well in advance gives all drivers of nearby cars and trucks the same opportunity to reduce speed, adjust their driving to the traffic situation and avoid a collision.”

Volvo Trucks will initially introduce Connected Safety on new trucks in Sweden and Norway, where both Volvo Trucks and Volvo Cars account for a significant proportion of annual new-vehicle registrations.

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