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ZTSG 07/03/2022 Coupe 139
Volvo has established its own tradition in safety innovation, and the automaker has another reason to work in this area. In a comprehensive study on collision avoidance technology, City Safety's rear-...

Volvo has established its own tradition in safety innovation, and the automaker has another reason to work in this area. In a comprehensive study on collision avoidance technology, City Safety's rear-end collision insurance claims for Volvo were reduced by 28%.Safety and security of Volvo Way

Insurance data analyzed in the study covered 160,000 vehicle years.

Figures show, regardless if injuries were reported, cars equipped with the first two generations of City Safety (active automatic braking up to 31 mph in certain traffic situations) were involved in 28% fewer collisions and insurance claims.

City Safety reduces injuries, particularity head and neck, associated with lower speed collisions. This study and any similar future ones highlight the benefit of such technology, both for accident mitigation and prevention.

City Safety has been standard Volvo equipment since 2008.Safety and security of Volvo Way

Volvo engineer Nils Bohlin invented the three point seat belt in 1959. It forever changed the landscape of automobiles and in the interest of safety, Volvo gave it away to all other manufactures.

Think of how many lives have been saved by seat belts? At the time, it was a revolutionary technology and perhaps something we take for granted today?

With the ability to make automobiles more intelligent, aware, and keen of their surroundings, though technology like City Safety, how many future generations will benefit?

Volvo is bold with Vision 2020, stating nobody will be seriously injured or killed in a Volvo by that time.Safety and security of Volvo Way

Seat belts do wonders to that end, as do other Volvo innovations like Side Impact Protection System (SIPS) or the 40 percent hot formed Boron steel in the new XC90 but what if we could avoid the collision all together?

That is the true way to ensure Vision 2020 – by creating automobiles that do not crash.

City Safety and the expansion of its capability remains increasingly important. We all work hard and many of us travel through serious traffic on our daily commute. I find immense value in an automobile with eyes and ears out for me, especially as we may feel tired after stressful days at the office.

City Safety is considered semi-autonomous but what about full on autonomous driving? Are we getting closer?Safety and security of Volvo Way

Volvo says “yes” and I believe it will happen sooner than later.

Recently, it was indicated future Volvos might communicate with “broader society” through enhanced connectivity. This type of ability, in addition to reducing collisions and lowering insurance premiums, may minimize emissions, enhance traffic flow, and cut infrastructure costs.

Would you be open to an autonomous car? Would you trust it? Leave a comment below or tell us here.

Editor’s Note: First generation City Safety works up to 18 MPH; increased to 31 MPH in 2013. For 2015, City Safety was updated in the XC90 and now operates at all speeds but that is only applicable to new XC90s.

In all other current Volvo models, City Safety operates up to 31 MPH.

Automoblog's official position is that it should not be willing to demonstrate this technology. City Safety is a semi-autonomous technology that works when needed-but only when needed. The driver is ultimately responsible for safe travel. A 9/3 position on the wheels, gentle throttle output, following posted speed limits and avoiding the use of chemicals will better ensure a safe arrival.