Volvo engineers have always set a benchmark in automotive safety. Recently they just set themselves an incredible target. The company claims that it will make its’ automotive vehicles death proof by 2020.
In order to death-proof cars, it will build in several safety technologies.
A speed management system will see all models sold from 2020 will be limited to 180km/h.
In addition to speed management, the company said it is improving airbags and energy-dissipating body structures.
Volvo said it aims to further develop safety technologies that will stop an accident from taking place in the first instance such as auto lane-keeping, adaptive cruise control and more.
Volvo said it will introduce autonomous technology that will allow its vehicles to drive itself. “With the development of full autonomy we are going to push the limits of automotive safety,” stated Volvo’s safety engineer Erik Coelingh.
The manufacturer’s claim will lay down the gauntlet for other automotive manufacturers worldwide in respect of inherent safety in design. If Volvo believes it is possible, it’s a game-changer for the automotive industry.
The challenge also will resonate with heavy industrial equipment manufacturers particularly in high-risk industries like mining. Can you imagine Liebherr or Caterpillar ‘death proofing’ mining trucks?
The rate of advancement of technology means that it could all be achievable in the very near term.
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