Volvo predicts completely crash-proof cars by 2020
To mark the 30th anniversary of the UK mandatory seatbelt law, Volvo says crash-proof cars are only seven years away.
On 31 January 1983, the UK introduced the mandatory seatbelt law and it's been estimated by the Royal Society for the Prevention of Accidents it's saved over 60,000 lives since.
To celebrate the anniversary, Volvo Cars UK commissioned a survey into the British public's views on vehicle safety. The survey revealed that 60 per cent don’t believe that road safety technology can wipe out road traffic accidents in the near future.
Volvo – who first developed the three-point seatbelt more than 50 years ago – disagrees, its Vision 2020 mission working towards nobody being killed or seriously injured either inside or by a new Volvo by 2020.
Volvo's poll of 1,184 drivers also revealed that new safety innovations were welcomed by drivers. More than a quarter of those surveyed also would like a car that drives itself.
Meanwhile, some 45 per cent would like to see pedestrian protection technology on all cars and more than half said they wanted cameras fitted all round their vehicle. However, only a third believed that motorway speed limits should be increased if safety improvements came into force.
Volvo's commitment to Vision 2020 means that all cars in the V40 range now come with City Safety auto braking, while it has also introduced the world's first pedestrian airbag. Volvo is even testing ‘autopilot convoy driving’, where cars link together to drive themselves in a ‘road train’, which the company hopes to bring to market in the next few years.
Volvo Car UK's Managing Director Nick Connor commented: "Volvo has a fantastic safety heritage at the forefront of innovative technology, having clocked up several world firsts. As a nation of sceptics, it's perhaps not surprising the majority of British motorists think the introduction of vehicles that make accidents virtually a thing of the past is not possible, but I have every faith in Volvo to prove them wrong."
Volvo conducts hundreds of simulated crashes scenarios in its bespoke safety facility in Gothenburg, Sweden and has a dedicated crash team who visit the site of any road incident involving a Volvo within 31 miles to collect real-world data.
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