VOLVO Car Group said that its cars equipped with automatic braking systems have surpassed the million-unit mark, confirming its world-leading position in terms of automotive safety, according to the carmaker.
Volvo’s technology for automatic braking includes City Safety, which works at speeds up to 50kph; Collision Warning with full auto brake; and Pedestrian and Cyclist Detection with full auto brake.
“Several recent reports state that our ground-breaking auto braking technologies help reduce the risk of being involved in a rear-end accident by more than 20 percent,” said Volvo Car Group Senior Safety Advisor Thomas Broberg. “One million Volvos with auto brake on the roads take us towards our aim that nobody should be killed or suffer serious injuries in a new Volvo car by the year 2020.”
Volvo said that City Safety technology has led to a significant reduction in insurance claim frequencies, according to the 2011 Insurance Institute for Highway Safety report in the US. A similar study in 2012 by the Swedish insurance company Volvia showed that Volvos equipped with City Safety are involved in 23-percent fewer rear-end frontal collisions than cars without auto brake.
Findings by the Swedish insurance company Folksam showed that City Safety reduces injuries by 64 percent for people in cars hit from behind on roads with a 50-kph speed limit, Volvo said.
The carmaker explained that City Safety applies brakes automatically if the driver fails to react in time when the vehicle in front suddenly slows down or stops. Pedestrian and Cyclist Detection can detect pedestrians who walk into the road as well as cyclists in front of the car, and warn the driver and automatically apply full braking power if the driver does not respond in time. Collision Warning can help avoid collisions if the speed difference is 35kph or lower. If the relative speed is higher the collision impact will be reduced. The brakes are applied automatically if the driver does not act in response to the warning when a rear-end collision with another vehicle is imminent.