Volvo Cars and Volvo Trucks are partnering up on a service which will automatically share an alert sent out by one Volvo vehicle with all the other Volvo cars and trucks in the area.
Volvo Cars first launched its Connected Safety program back in 2016, but this week the company announced that it would be bringing Volvo trucks in on the program as well.
Connected Safety works whenever a driver activates the vehicle’s hazard warning lights. A signal is sent to Volvo’s cloud service, which is then sent back to all other connected vehicles in the area. The hope is that the warning would alert drivers to stopped vehicles or adverse conditions ahead.
According to Volvo though, hazard light warnings are just the beginning.
“As the technology undergoes further refinement and more vehicles are linked to the system, real-time information will become an important complement to the various intelligent safety and driver support systems found in our trucks today,” said Emanuele Piga, Director Customer Solutions & New Services Development at Volvo Trucks. “Connected Safety marks the start of a new phase in our ongoing drive to promote safe driving and prevent accidents.”
And while Volvo Cars and Volvo Trucks may share a name, they have been separate companies since 1999. So Volvo Cars bringing Volvo Trucks in on the program is actually a pretty big deal. The company says it intends to bring on other vehicle manufacturers as well to increase the safety benefits.
“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. “If more vehicles are able to exchange real-time information about the traffic situation, it will lower the risk of accidents. With Connected Safety we are opening the door to the future, with the hope that more vehicle manufacturers will join in.”
So while the Connected Safety system is being rolled out first in Sweden and Norway this year, and currently only activates when hazard lights are used, both the utility and the scope of the program could increase exponentially in coming years.