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Volvo Cars is sending a strong signal about the dangers of speeding and will limit the top speed on all its cars to 180km/h from 2020.

11 Mar 2019 | International News : Sweden


The company's Vision 2020, which aims for no one to be killed or seriously injured in a new Volvo by 2020, is one of the most ambitious safety visions in the automotive industry. But realising that technology alone will not get it all the way to zero, Volvo Cars is now broadening its scope to include a focus on driver behaviour.


Samuelsson believes that while a speed limitation is not a cure-all, it's worth doing if Volvo can even save one life
Research by Volvo Cars has identified three remaining concerns for safety that constitute so-called 'gaps' in its ambition to completely end serious injuries and fatalities in its cars, with speeding a very prominent one.

"Volvo is a leader in safety, we always have been and we always will be," said Hakan Samuelsson, President and Chief Executive. "Because of our research we know where the problem areas are when it comes to ending serious injuries and fatalities in our cars. And while a speed limitation is not a cure-all, it's worth doing if we can even save one life."

Apart from limiting top speeds, the company is also investigating how a combination of smart speed control and geofencing technology could automatically limit speeds around schools and hospitals in future.

"We want to start a conversation about whether car makers have the right or maybe even an obligation to install technology in cars that changes their driver's behaviour, to tackle things like speeding, intoxication or distraction," said Samuelsson. "We don't have a firm answer to this question, but believe we should take leadership in the discussion and be a pioneer."
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