Volvo connected cars and trucks to share road safety data

Credit: Volvo Cars

 

Vehicles will alert each other to dangerous driving conditions.

Volvo Cars and Volvo Trucks have unveiled a joint cloud-based Connected Safety service that enables connected vehicles to warn each other automatically about dangerous road conditions.

The partnership will see live, anonymised data shared between Volvo trucks sold in Sweden and Norway, and Volvo cars equipped with the Hazard Light Alert system.

Hazard Light Alert has been available in Sweden and Norway since 2016, where it is standard on all 90 and 60 series cars, as well as the XC40. Adding selected models of Volvo Trucks’ fleet to the cloud will cover more areas, identify more potential hazards, and boost overall traffic safety.

The two companies operate independently of one another, and this is first instance of Volvo Cars sharing safety-related data with another company – a step towards achieving a critical mass of connected vehicles that could have a significant impact on traffic safety.

Both brands represent a considerable portion of new vehicle registrations in the region.

Collaboration to improve safety

“Expanded cooperation between different players is one of the most important keys to improved road safety,” said Carl Johan Almqvist, traffic and product safety director at Volvo Trucks.

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