February 18, 2018


Volvo_continues_Vision_2020_mission_writeon_motoring_news_storyVolvo Car UK has commissioned a poll into the British public’s views on vehicle safety.

60% of the 1,184 people surveyed believe that despite continuing advances in road and car safety technology, road deaths will never be completely eliminated.

The poll also revealed that many would welcome a range of safety innovations on vehicles with over a quarter saying they would like a car that drives itself and more than half would be happy to be driven by autopilot. 45% would like to see pedestrian protection technology on all cars and over half want all round cameras fitted to vehicles. Interestingly, only a third of drivers believe speed limits on motorways should be increased because of these improved safety features.

Volvo remains more optimistic, as it continues to work towards its Vision 2020, whereby nobody will be killed or seriously injured in or by a new Volvo by 2020.

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 including the debut of the pedestrian airbag on the all-new V40 launched last year. Volvo_Car_Corporation_still_leads_airbag_development_writeonmotoring_news_story

“As a nation of sceptics, it is perhaps not surprising the majority of British motorists think the introduction of vehicles which make accidents virtually a thing of the past is not possible but I have every faith in Volvo to prove them wrong!”

Thirty years to the day since the introduction of the mandatory seatbelt law, and over 50 years since Volvo first developed the three-point seatbelt, the Swedish carmaker continues to lead the way with safety research and development of passive and active automotive safety technology. Following on from the development of low-speed collision avoidance and pedestrian sensing systems, Volvo is currently testing autopilot convoy driving, where cars link together to drive themselves in special motorway ‘road trains’. Nils_Bohlin_inventor_Volvo_3-point_safety_belt_writeonmotoring_news_story

The Road safety survey coincides with the 30th anniversary of the mandatory use of seatbelts for drivers and front seat passengers. The law came into force on the 31st January 1983 and according to the Royal Society for the Prevention of Accidents, this legislation is estimated to have saved in excess of 60,000 lives over that period.

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