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Vehicular Safety and Innovative Technologies – A Union made in Heaven


An epitome of convenience, comfort and safety, your car should be the safest bet on your life. It also reflects your personal style, knack for good technology and passion for driving. As a car owner, you may have different needs from your car, be it basic life needs like driving to good restaurants or spending the day out with your family or adventure drives with your friends, vacation with spouse or even those rare, luxury drives to the grocery market or an old friend’s house as a retiree.

Whatever be your need, safety is the utmost priority when behind the wheels. But bumpy, uneven roads and misty weather can be the biggest blockages in a safe drive. Besides, adventure trails have their own nightmarish tales of a deadly mix of frozen dirt and ice and hairpin turns.

The only protection that you can have when inside your car is with seat belts and airbags in the case of a collision. At most, there are Anti-lock Braking Systems and Electronic Stability Control for a greater steering control but none of this can prevent an accident. Some futuristic technologies, however, can. Autonomous systems which include Pilot Assist and Comprehensive Collision Avoidance Technology can help your car get into an autopilot-like mode in places where the traffic is regulated.

These futuristic concepts have begun to be integrated in “all roads, all weather” cars like Volvo with Intellisafe technologies that allow an Adaptive Cruise Control,  360 degrees surround view, Driver Alert Control, Lane Keeping Aid Senses, Cyclist Detection systems and Intersection Braking functions – taking care of your safety and enabling better vehicular mechanism while on the road.

Maneuvering your Volvo in tight spaces is simple as is changing lanes while ensuring safety for everyone on the road.

Image Courtesy: Volvo

Image Courtesy: Volvo

Volvo’s ambitious ‘Drive Me Project’ 100 Volvo self-driving cars on the streets of Gothenburg, Sweden, owned and operated by real people will now let your car do the job for you, making your journey relaxed, safe and productive. Through this project, the Sweden-based carmaker pledges a VISION of Zero Fatalities in a NEW Volvo from 2020, mirroring the Sweden Government’s initiative to get rid of traffic mishaps.

Volvo plans to reach this unique and unusual goal by meticulously tracking the fatalities and injury rates in its cars and subsequently making improvements in vehicle engineering. Its partnership with the Sweden government to work towards improving the urban infrastructure bolsters its presence as Sweden’s safest and most reliable brand.

Volvo’s own safety R & D Facility, Volvo Cars Safety Centre further vouches for the car brand’s safety innovations, especially with its effort to carry out advanced crash tests replicating most of the real-life traffic scenarios. Volvo Cars also perform crash tests in a unique crash test simulator using a reinforced car body with the actual interior that is to be tested. About a hundred crash test dummies of different types representing men, women and children of different sizes, weights and ages are used for different purposes and situations like the rear end and frontal crash test dummies. Gladly, the cars top all these crash tests in most of the judging parameters.

Volvo’s long-term prospects make you re-think how pivotal safety is when travelling while inspiring innovations that revolutionize your journey and add up to your driving experience, features that every car owner instinctively desires for!

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First Published On : Jul 14, 2016 18:00 IST

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