‘Volvo is embarking on an bold push for zero fatalities in its vehicles’
It’s onerous to think about how another model might have made the form of bulletins that Volvo boss Håkan Samuelsson spelt out on the firm’s press convention final week. Might you envisage Mercedes, Audi or BMW slapping a 112mph pace restrict on each automobile they produce, for instance? Or utilizing geofencing expertise to chop that most additional round areas with extra weak pedestrians, akin to colleges?
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Volvo’s transfer is as intelligent as it’s well-intentioned. The corporate is forging a place because the ‘pondering’ different to the established German manufacturers, and a curveball on security – not least, the opening up of 60 years’ value of analysis on the topic – is each bit as helpful in that respect because the daring soar in the direction of electrification.
In wider phrases, although, the concepts do look daring sufficient to kick-start a basic dialog, throughout the automobile business, on how a lot accountability lies with the driving force/proprietor and the way a lot with the agency that equipped the car. How many people, as automobile consumers, have had any coaching on how to deal with a car at 112mph, not to mention 20mph past that time?
A lot of the noise about security throughout the previous couple of years has been targeted on autonomous vehicles that do all the driving for us. However Volvo’s initiative could find yourself exhibiting the remainder of the business – and the purchasers who assist it – that there are extra attainable, inexpensive and sensible methods of constructing everybody’s journeys simply that little bit safer.
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