Most likely when you talk about Volvo you immediately think at a very safe vehicle, the results of advanced and long term research. Today, the Swedish company gets appreciations from the Highway Loss Data Institute (HLDI) and Insurance Institute for Highway Safety (IIHS), two important companies in this domain.
The two institutes released a study which confirms that the current Volvo XC60 benefits from various safety systems able to reduce the accidents by 27%, mainly thanks to the City Safety system able to avoid obstacles at low speeds. To be more precise, the City Safety system works at speeds between 3 and 30 km/h and uses infrared lasers in order to avoid a possible collision with another vehicle.
According to the same official details, the chances to suffer no body injuries after a serious accident driving a Volvo XC60 increase by 51% if we compare to other models in this segment. Of course, there are a bunch of other innovative safety systems available out there such as the Pedestrian Detection, almost all these systems using sensors and lasers for detection.
This system can fully stop the car if it detects pedestrians in front of the vehicle at speeds which don’t exceed 32 km/h. This task will be carried by the Full Auto Brake system and will do its job only when the driver has no response. It uses a special camera along a radar which scans the object around and provides a really fast response. This system comes with an impressive number of forms and object, somewhere around 10,000, being able to scan more than 60 objects/pedestrians in 50 milliseconds. The Swedish people from Volvo showed their intention to introduce the City Safety systems as standard on the current S60 and S80.
HDLA and IIHS president, Adrian Lund, said the statistics show the belief that Volvo drivers are safer than those driving other brands is false: “Driver mistakes are responsible for 90% of accidents. Collision avoidance systems can help distracted motorists who fail to notice an impending accident”.