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Volvo Cars Wins International Prize for City Safety

April 04, 2008

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


At thisyear’s World Traffic Safety Symposium held at the New York International Autoshow, a panel of experts consisting of traffic safety specialists frominstitutions such as the Department of Transportation and the National HighwayTraffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) reward various developments that reducethe number of injuries and fatalities on American roads. Volvo’s safetyfeature, City Safety, helps prevent or lessen the severity of collisions at lowspeeds, thus reducing the risk of personal injuries and damage to vehicles.

Volvowill be the world’s first to install City Safety as standard equipment in avehicle. Launched later this year, the XC60 is Volvo’s first car to have thissystem. Approximately 75 percent of all collisions are at speeds less than 30km/h (18 mph). In 50 percent of cases the driver does not even brake before thecollision and the reason is usually insufficient concentration. If the vehiclein 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 caris braked automatically. At speeds less than 15 km/h (9 mph) City Safety canentirely avoid accidents, at speeds between 17–30 km/h (10-18 mph) the systemapplies brake force to reduce vehicle speed and help reduce occupant injuriesand vehicle damage.

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