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Volvo Cars Wins International Prize for City Safety

April 04, 2008

NEW YORK – Volvo Cars’ in-house developed technology for avoiding low-speed collisions — is receiving the American “Traffic Safety Achievement Award” at this year’s World Traffic Safety Symposium in New York.


At this year’s World Traffic Safety Symposium held at the New York International Auto show, a panel of experts consisting of traffic safety specialists from institutions such as the Department of Transportation and the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) reward various developments that reduce the number of injuries and fatalities on American roads. Volvo’s safety feature, City Safety, helps prevent or lessen the severity of collisions at low speeds, thus reducing the risk of personal injuries and damage to vehicles.

Volvo will be the world’s first to install City Safety as standard equipment in a vehicle. Launched later this year, the XC60 is Volvo’s first car to have this system. Approximately 75 percent of all collisions are at speeds less than 30 km/h (18 mph). In 50 percent of cases the driver does not even brake before the collision and the reason is usually insufficient concentration. If the vehicle in front brakes suddenly and City Safety assesses that a collision is imminent, the brakes are prepared for action. If the driver does not take action, the car is braked automatically. At speeds less than 15 km/h (9 mph) City Safety can entirely avoid accidents, at speeds between 17–30 km/h (10-18 mph) the system applies brake force to reduce vehicle speed and help reduce occupant injuries and vehicle damage.

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