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Starting from 20 May 2020 onwards, all Volvo models will come with a 180km/h speed limit and a Care Key that can further limit the car's speed.

21 May 2020 | International News : Sweden

Every new Volvo car will come with a limited top speed of 180km/h and a Care Key which allows Volvo drivers to set additional limitations on the car's top speed, for example before lending their car to other family members or to younger and inexperienced drivers, as Volvo delivers on its promise made last year to introduce such a limitation and goes beyond regulation and legislation to help close the remaining gap to zero serious injuries and fatalities in traffic.

Together, the 180km/h speed limitation and Care Key send a strong signal about the dangers of speeding, underlining Volvo's position as a worldwide leader in safety and illustrate how car makers can take active responsibility for striving to achieve zero traffic fatalities by supporting better driver behaviour.

Volvo's LiDAR is one of the safety technologies being developed in line with their vision for safety
The top speed limit has proven to be controversial since it was announced, with some observers questioning the rights of car makers to impose such limitations through available technology.

Yet Volvo believes it has an obligation to continue its tradition of being a pioneer in the discussion around the rights and obligations of car makers to take action that can ultimately save lives, even if this means losing potential customers.

The problem with speeding is that above certain speeds, in-car safety technology and smart infrastructure design are no longer enough to avoid severe injuries and fatalities in the event of an accident which is why speed limits are in place in most western countries, yet speeding remains ubiquitous and one of the most common reasons for fatalities in traffic.

Research shows that on average, people have poor understanding of the dangers around speeding. As a result, many people often drive too fast and have poor speed adaption in relation to the traffic situation. Apart from speeding, intoxication and distraction are two other primary areas of concern for traffic safety and that constitute the remaining gap towards Volvo's vision of a future with zero traffic fatalities and serious injuries. It is taking action to address all three elements of human behaviour in its safety work, with more features to be introduced in future cars.
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