Volvo Raises the Bar for Safety, Limits All New Cars from 2020 Onward to 112 MPH
At a time where automakers are feeding their cars with supplements to give them more power and higher top speeds, there is this Swedish angel who cares about peoples safety instead of competing in the rat-race to see who builds a faster car. Volvo recently announced that it will be limiting the top speed on all of its models to 112 mph from the 2021 model year. Will this affect Volvo’s sales?
Volvo to Offer Driver-Focus Cameras - Does the Concept Threaten Our Privacy?
Volvo has decided to offer a driver-facing camera in its cars within the next one year, citing it as a safety feature. With privacy being a real issue these days and AI intruding the personal space, is this a wise move? Also, how are the introverts and camera-conscious people supposed to drive with camera staring at their face at the all time?
Uber Moves to Resume Autonomous Testing on Public Roads
Uber wants to resume testing of its autonomous vehicle systems eight months after a Volvo SUV, part of the Uber test program struck and killed a pedestrian in Arizona. Now, Uber wants to kick off testing in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania and hopes to regain public trust.
Back in March, a Volvo XC90 SUV equipped with Uber’s self-driving systems hit a pedestrian who was crossing a street at night in Tempe, Arizona. Although the person was hit away from a crosswalk, Arizona officials quickly suspended Uber’s permits that allowed it to test the new technology on public roads in the aftermath of the incident.
Now, Uber has released a detailed safety report to showcase the lengths it will go to to ensure that future testing of the autonomous technology will be carried out safely. The company stated that it carefully analyzed what went wrong and that it has improved the onboard systems and now wants to resume testing in Pennsylvania.
This is Why Volvo Is Famous For Its Safety
If you have a weak stomach, you might want to take a deep breath first before proceeding. The video you’re about to see is pretty brutal, not because of something that happened, but because of something that could have happened had it not been for a driver’s alertness and an automaker’s state-of-the-art technology. In so many words, a distracted child crossed a street without looking, only to find himself in the crosshairs of an oncoming Volvo semi-truck. The scene was playing out like a house of horrors, until salvation stepped in in the form of Volvo’s Automatic Emergency Braking (AEB) system.
In a split second before what would’ve been a nightmarish collision, the truck driver managed to slam the brakes hard enough to trigger the AEB system, sending the truck screeching to a dramatic halt. The intensive braking was strong enough to create g-forces that literally pushed the nose of the truck forward with the lower end of the front bumper barely scraping the road. Fortunately, the erring child had enough wits about himself to also run away from the truck, preventing what would’ve otherwise been a heartbreaking end to the young boy’s life.
There really is something to be said for all the advancements in automotive technology to see it work in front of your eyes. I personally don’t know if the driver or the AEB system deserves a bigger share of the credit, but I’ll settle for equal-billing. Let it be said though that Volvo’s new braking system played a huge role in saving a young boy’s life. More than any award or positive review, seeing it function the way it’s supposed to be in a literal time of distress is the ultimate vindication for an automaker’s constant pursuit of advanced safety technologies.
Side-Impact Crash Test Shows 2018 Volvo XC40 is a Winner
Volvo has a reputation to uphold – one based on keeping its passengers safe during a crash. To that point, the Swedish automaker has already published a video showing the all-new 2018 XC40 undergoing side-impact crash testing. Keep in mind this video is hitting the web the same day Volvo is debuting the luxury crossover in Milan, Italy. Needless to say, safety is taking a front seat.
The video depicts Volvo’s internally conducted crash testing. The automaker has done this for years to reassure its engineers and corporate brass that a vehicle will behave as expected when tested by independent agencies like the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety and the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration. Not much would be worse than a botched crash test to damage Volvo’s legacy of crash survivability. Thankfully, it seems Volvo has nothing to worry about with side-impact testing; the video shows both dummies protected by side curtain airbags and adequately restrained by seat belts in this 50-kmh, 31-mph test. Intrusion into the cabin is minimal and even the glass shards are diverted away from the dummies’ faces thanks to the airbag. The driver has even more protection thanks to a torso airbag that inflates from the seat’s side bolster.
The new XC40 will see big production numbers as it’s a key player in Volvo’s plan to boost its global sales by nearly 50 percent to 800,000 by 2020. It joins the new XC60 and the two-year-old XC90 in Volvo’s SUV lineup, along with its S90 and S60 sedans and V90 Cross Country and V60 wagons. Here in the U.S., the 2018 XC40 will begin arriving in showrooms in March 2018 and ordering books are already open. Volvo has set a $33,200 starting price for its smallest crossover – not a bad deal considering the XC40’s swanky interior, long list of safety features, and its high-tech powertrains.
Watch the 2018 Volvo XC60 get Demolished for Safety’s Sake
Ah the crash test – it involves slamming a brand new car into an object to determine how well it holds up during an accident. There’s the small frontal overlap test, the moderate overlap test, the side impact test, and rollover test, among others. Well, the all-new 2018 Volvo XC60 just underwent the full barrage, getting slammed seven ways to Sunday. And it turns out (not surprisingly, really) that Volvo built an exceptionally safe crossover.
The videos below show the testing methods, as well as the mechanical carnage involved. The high-speed, slow motion film captures details not otherwise seen by the naked eye. The shots are almost beautiful in nature, though hauntingly eerie when considering those dummies represent real people like you and your family. That realization makes knowing the XC60’s good performance that much sweeter.
You won’t hear IIHS, NHTSA, or NCAP scores for these tests, however. These were actually done in-house by Volvo at its Stockholm-based Safety Center long before the XC60’s debut at the 2017 Geneva Motor Show.
For those who don’t know, Volvo is on a mission to have zero fatalities or serious injuries in its new vehicles by 2020. It’s a lofty goal, but one that’s far less self-serving than most long-term goals automakers make.
Anyway, for those wanting to see the XC60 in action, click past the jump for the videos.
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Volvo Introduces New Wave Of Child Seats
Volvo’s reputation as an automaker that puts a premium on safety is once again in full in display after the Swedish automaker announced the launch of a new range of child seats that takes child comfort and safety to a whole new level. Developed in partnership with childcare products manufacturer Britax-Romer, Volvo’s new line of child seats are touted as having a more breathable and comfortable upholstery that’s made up of 80 percent wool textile. The smooth surface not only provides comfort for children in both hot and cold climates, but they’re also more durable than a lot of materials used in the development of these seats.
The seats also come in a slimmer package, designed by Volvo and Britax-Romer, specifically so to increase legroom and comfort for the children. All in all, the two companies designed three different types of seats depending on the child’s age. The first is a rearward-facing seat meant for infants, children weighing up to 13kg (29 pounds), and those under a year old. Another rearward facing seat is also being offered, only this time it’s for children from nine months old up to six years old, or three to four years as recommended by Volvo. The last of the three new child seats is the Booster seat, a forward-facing seat for children ages three to 10 years old, or depending on whether they’ve already outgrown the rearward-facing child seat.
The launch of these seats further adds credence to Volvo’s reputation as a forward-thinker when it comes to the safety standards of these vehicles. It’s a position that Volvo is fiercely proud of and as Adjunct Professor, PhD and Senior Technical Leader, Injury Prevention at Volvo Cars Safety Center, puts it, the seats are part of the company’s increased focus in “ensuring that young children travel in the safest manner possible.”
There’s nothing outwardly sexy about that statement, but rest assured, it’s something that all car buyers put great importance on when they’re in the market for a new car. Volvo’s new child seats are scheduled to go on sale in June 2016 in various markets.
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Volvo’s recently released 2016 XC90 has the industry abuzz about the all-new crossover’s elegant design and futuristic interior. While the ink is still wet on the XC90’s debut headlines, Volvo has dropped an important piece to its latest vehicle’s puzzle. This Volvo-originated testing shows the new crossover getting subjected to the worst kinds of treatment.
The first battery of testing involves the common frontal offset crash at 40 mph. As the vehicle hits the barrier, the crumple zones do their job in defecting the majority of the crash’s energy away from the passenger compartment. It doesn’t even look like the side door was even scratched. Not even the windshield shows signs of damage.
The side impact test comes next, as the XC90 gets slammed with a dummy car at 35 mph. The simulated T-bone crash shows the side doors getting pushed inward, however the dual side-airbag system prevented the test dummy from ever hitting the door panel or window.
Lastly the rollover crash test simulates just that — a dreaded rollover where the vehicle spends time bouncing down the road on its roof. The test shows the side-curtain airbags deploying as the roof structure stays in place. It’s hard to tell for sure, but it seems all the occupants could simply open the doors and walk away from this crash.
While it hasn’t been official tested by the IIHS or NHTSA, it appears the all-new Volvo XC90 will pass with flying colors. It’s amazing how far crashworthiness of vehicles has come since Volvo became the first automaker to include seat belts in all its vehicles back in 1959.
Who would’ve thought that the auto manufacturer that is widely considered to be the safest in the world is now coming under siege with numerous recalls, threatening to put a black eye on what is supposed to be a spotless safety reputation.
It was only a month ago when it was reported that Volvo issued a safety recall of a number of their models over what appeared to be problems directly attributed to improperly manufactured airbags.
As it turns out, that may not be the only problem the Swedish brand is facing these days.
The automaker has issued another safety recall of 7,420 cars with a defective front passenger seat power system. According to federal officials, the problem lies in the front seat rail’s detection system, which, apparently, was manufactured improperly, causing it to move the seat further that intended thereby increasing the risk of injury in the event a crash occurs.
The Volvo models affected from the recall includes 2009-2010MY units of the S40 sedan, V50, and S60, as well as 2010-2011MY units of the XC60 crossover. Volvo has likewise issued a statement saying that their dealers will inspect the problem and fix whatever needs fixing at no cost the customer.
For more information on this latest Volvo recall, you contact the automaker at 1-800-458-1552.
About a month ago, we reported on a safety recall being done by Volvo over an improperly manufactured airbag system covering a certain number of Volvo models, including the 2010-2011 models of the S80 and XC70 as well as 2011 models of the V70 and the XC60.
Unfortunately for Volvo, another model seems to be experiencing the same problem after the National Highway Safety Traffic Administration reported that 58 units of the 2010 Volvo XC60 are all suffering from the same problem.
Just to remind you, the recall is being done due to a problem with the driver’s airbag “clock spring wiring connector for the supplemental restraint system”. The problem causes the airbag to improperly deploy should a crash occur, risking more injury to driver’s involved in the crash.
So if any of you are driving a 2010 Volvo XC60, it’s highly advisable that you contact your local dealers and have them inspect the car for the potentially dangerous problem. In the event that it needs to get them fixed, you should have your dealers fix it as soon as possible.
Despite our fascination for fast cars and exotics, one thing still holds true for us: safety always comes first.
The automotive king of safety, Volvo, isn’t too proud of the times when they’re forced to recall cars because of whatever sort of malfunction found in them. Unfortunately, in order to uphold their status as one of the safest brands in the world, the company needs to take care of these issues as fast as they can.
Recently, the company did just that after issuing a recall of 9,746 vehicles over what they claim to be malfunctioning air bags. A number of Volvo models are affected by this problem, including 2010-2011 S80 and XC70 models and 2011 models of the XC60 and V70.
According to the company, the recall was done because of an apparent problem with the driver’s airbag “clock spring wiring connector for the supplemental restraint system” that could cause airbags to deploy incorrectly in the event a crash occurred.
Volvo is looking to begin the recall as soon as it can where the company says that they would install a metal shim on the airbag to fix the problem.
Correct us if we’re wrong, but aren’t Volvos supposed to be considered one of the safest cars on the road?
It sure doesn’t seem like it these days after the Swedish car brand had another embarrassing episode while having another safety demonstration in front of Australian journalists in Europe. Before you start asking what on earth Aussie journalists are doing in Europe, that’s not really the point here.
The point is that a car brand noted for its outstanding safety features has once again been cast into the spotlight for another incident that pretty much undermines what we’ve known from Volvo over the years. Even worse, this isn’t the first time it happened. Back in May, the Volvo was testing out the new S60 and its intelligent emergency brakes when, during another demonstration in front of the media, inexplicably lost its brakes and ended up crashing into the back of a stationary truck.
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Volvo and safety have gone hand in hand for years, but the Swedish automaker has announced a big recall. It will cover three model lines, including the C30, the S40, and the V50. All three of these models being recalled are from the 2010 model year.
According to Volvo, the recall only included the C30, V50, and S40 models equipped with a six-speed manual transmission. Putting a manual in the V50 and S40 seems a bit odd and, as you would imagine, not many Volvo owners have one. We would imagine that there are more C30 manuals than the other two combined. The total number of cars recalled is around 536.
The gearshift level stub assembly may not have been properly tightened at the factory. This could cause the gearshift level cable or stud to come loose. If this happens while driving, it may not be possible to shift gears. As you could imagine, this would not be good. On the plus side, the problem shouldn’t cause any accidents.
Dealers will fix the affected vehicles by tightening the gearshift level stud assembly, hopefully free of charge. Owners will be notified by the end of the month. No accidents or injuries have occurred because of the problem.
So much for Volvos being safe, huh?
In what could possible be one of the brand’s most embarrassing moments in its history, Volvo’s attempted demonstration of their 2011 Volvo S60 sedan’s new ’Collision Warning with Auto Brake’ system goes horribly wrong when the car’s new system fails to work, causing the S60 to ram head-first into the back of a parked truck - in front of a stunned audience including members of the media.
According to Volvo, the system works in such a way that it "automatically brakes the car if there is an imminent risk of a collision with a moving or stationary vehicle. The system starts by alerting the driver and preparing the braking system for emergency braking. If the driver does not respond despite the warning, the brakes are applied automatically."
While previous tests of the system showed that it actually does work, Volvo - or at least that particular S60 sedan - chose a wrong time to mess up a demonstration that was supposed to reinforce the long-held notion that the Swedish car brand builds one of the safest cars in the world.
If you asked people in-the-know as to which car brand spends the most time figuring out the safety standards of their vehicles, Volvo is right up there at the top of the list. Thanks in large part to the Swedish company’s famed Safety Centre, Volvo has been able to take advantage of the benefits of having one of the most advanced safety testing sites in the world.
So it’s fitting that Volvo is commemorating the 10th anniversary of the Safety Centre by releasing a video that goes into detail on the extensive tests done inside the facility. Since being inaugurated by King Carl XVI Gustaf of Sweden back in 2000, Volvo’s Safety Centre has done over 3,000 full-scale tests and has done so by using a number of highly-sophisticated instruments.
We can keep talking about it, but it would be better for all to just watch how Volvo does its safety tests inside their Safety Centre.
Volvo knows that are too many distractions when driving. So, after declaring war on auto accidents, the safety-conscious Swedish carmaker is showing off some low speed technology. Watch as your next car may keep you from spilling your latte because you plowed into the back of another car while text messaging.