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Volvo to restrict maximum speed on all models from 2020

Author: Sam Allibone


Volvo have announced plans to electronically limit the maximum achievable speed on all its models by 2020.

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Volvo pride themselves on being a worldwide leader in vehicle safety, enhanced by their goal for no one to be killed or seriously injured in one of their models by 2020. The achieve this, however, they have found that technology can only go so far to reduce the risks. The remaining issues stem from driver behaviour.

“Volvo is a leader in safety: we always have been, and we always will be,” said Håkan Samuelsson, President and Chief Executive of Volvo Cars. “Because of our research, we know where the problem areas are when it comes to ending serious injuries and fatalities in our cars. And while a speed limitation is not a cure-all, it’s worth doing if we can even save one life.

“We want to start a conversation about whether car makers have the right or maybe even an obligation to install technology in cars that changes their driver’s behaviour, to tackle things such as speeding, intoxication or distraction. We don’t have a firm answer to this question, but believe we should take leadership in the discussion and be a pioneer.”

Research has found that speeding remains one of the biggest concerns when it comes to driver safety. In 2017, it was found that 25% of all fatal accidents in America were the result of speeding. In a bid to combat this, the car giant will limit the top speeds on all its models to 112mph (180kph). In-car technologies are simply not enough to avoid or lessen the impact of a collision above certain speeds. The hope is that limiting the top speed will improve the probability of the vehicle providing adequate safety measures should the worst happen.

Alongside limiting top speeds, Volvo are also researching smart speed control and geofencing technology, which could automatically limit speeds depending on location. For example, when approaching a school, the car may gradually slow to the temporary 20mph speed limit.

Two other areas of focus for the company are intoxication and distractions, which they plan to announce solutions for on March 20th 2019.

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