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Published on December 5th, 2020 | by Daniel Sherman Fernandez


Volvo Cars Takes Safety To The Next Level

This system will help to warn U.S. drivers and municipalities of slippery roads and hazards

Volvo Cars is making its connected safety technology available to U.S. drivers as the Swedish car manufacturer continues towards its goal of improving traffic safety. In time this system will be shared across other markets (hopefully Malaysia as well) for better road management. Volvo Cars Safety Centre has just celebrated their 20th anniversary of providing high safety crash test results.

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PRESS RELEASE: Through its partnership with Waycare Technologies, data from Volvo’s Hazard Light Alert and Slippery Road Alert features can now be anonymously shared with transportation municipalities and Waze’s navigation app. From 2021, Hazard Light Alert and Slippery Road Alert will allow certain Volvo cars to communicate with each other via a cloud-based network, alerting other Volvo drivers when the vehicle’s hazard lights are turned on or low friction is detected, and the system is connected to the internet.

First introduced in 2016 on Volvo’s 90 Series cars in Sweden and Norway, the two safety features now come as standard on all model year 2021 Volvo cars sold in the U.S. Drivers can activate the features via the infotainment screen and can deactivate them at any time.

Through the partnership, Volvo can share anonymous connected safety data for integration with other data sources – including city infrastructure, telematics, and weather forecasts. Using AI, Waycare synthesizes the data and provides operational insights and decision support to local U.S. transportation agencies. These agencies can then push these insights to public feeds to notify drivers of at-risk traffic locations.

By leveraging real-time insights from cars to alert other drivers of upcoming road hazards, which may provide drivers with time to adjust their driving behavior, Volvo and Waycare aim to improve road safety. Sharing such data in real time can provide a strong boost to overall traffic safety and can become more impactful as more cars become connected.

“Sharing real-time safety data between cars can help avoid accidents,” said Malin Ekholm, head of Volvo Cars Safety Center. “Volvo owners directly contribute to making roads safer for other drivers that enable the feature, while they also benefit from early warnings to potentially dangerous conditions ahead.”

“The more vehicles we have sharing safety data in real time, the safer our roads become. We hope to establish more collaborations with partners who share our commitment to safety,” Ekholm said.

Anders Gustafsson, President and CEO of Volvo Car USA said, “Enhancing safety for all is at the core of the Volvo brand. By enabling our cars to share potential road hazards with each other and with the public, we believe we can help make roads safer.”

“Volvo’s slippery road and hazard light data provides an important new dimension to Waycare’s AI driven traffic management platform,” said Noam Maital, CEO of Waycare Technologies. “The data will further power our platform’s ability to provide early incident identification and use of predictive analytics for proactive traffic management operations.”

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