Volvo Claims Its Cars Will Soon Be "Death-Proof"

Posted: Jan 27 2016, 10:23am CST | by , in News | Cars & Vehicles


Volvo Claims Its Cars Will Soon Be "Death-Proof"
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Volvo recently announced a lofty pledge: by 2020, no one will be able to die in a Volvo car or SUV.

Now, this doesn't mean that anyone could climb into a Volvo, drive it into a tree multiple times, and live to tell the tale. Volvo can't take responsibility for someone who really wants to hurt themselves. 

What Volvo does mean is that your everyday driving will be much safer. Freak accidents will be prevented easily. The clumsy movements of other drivers, or even your own errors, will become correctable in an instant. 

It's Not Unusual

Not in the slightest. In fact, Volvo is closer to a death-proof car than ever before. Each year, they track how many people are killed in their cars around the world. According to IIHS,no one died in the US in nine of their models, including the XC90, between 2009 to 2012, according to the current data from the Institute for Highway Safety. Only one person died in the same model in Sweden. 

These numbers truly are amazing, but Volvo's claim begs the question: how exactly will a death-proof car be possible?

Sit Back and Enjoy the Ride

That's right: Volvo says they must fully embrace autonomous vehicles. Even though there are still a few ethical issues to address, cars seem to be getting smarter every year thanks to the inclusion of various autonomous technologies. Here are just some of them that will be featured in the safest Volvos yet:

Adaptive Cruise Control: This feature is already included on many new cars. A multitude of sensors, including radar, detect vehicles in front of your car. When you set the cruise control, your car follows behind others on the road at a safe distance. 

Auto lane keeping assist: The lines that make up lanes and form the road edges are detected by cameras. The car stays in its lane by steering itself.

Collision avoidance: This is better known as an automatic braking system. A combination of radar, cameras and sensors see what's ahead of the car. If a driver is coming too close to an object, the system will warn them or even break automatically. 

Pedestrian detection: Much like a backup camera, but designed to detect humans. The system alerts the driver or breaks when a pedestrian is too close. 

Large animal detection: Collisions with animals are some of the most common accidents. Volvo has created a system that tells the driver when a large animal is passing in front of the car. 

Working as One

These systems, when combined, will essentially create a death-proof car according to Volvo. They remain positive about the benefits of handing over control to automated systems. With their bold statement and the technology to back it up, Volvo is quickly joining the race towards a fully autonomous vehicle, alongside other huge names like Ford, Tesla, and even Google. 

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<a href="/latest_stories/all/all/56" rel="author">Scott Huntington</a>
Scott Huntington is a writer and journalist from Harrisburg PA who covered movies, tech, cars, and more. Check out his blog Off The Throttle or follow him on Twitter @SMHuntington.




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