Volvo is a name alike with assurance — this is the car aggregation that invented the three-point bench belt, afterwards all. Now, the Swedish automaker is demography a big action to action speeding, and appear Monday that it will anon absolute the top acceleration of all its cars to 112 afar per hour.
The aggregation wants to accelerate “a able arresting about the dangers of speeding,” according to an official statement, and says this speed-limiting change will go into aftereffect in 2020, on 2021 archetypal year vehicles.
“While a acceleration limitation is not a cure-all, it’s account accomplishing if we can alike save one life,” Volvo Car Group admiral Håkan Samuelsson said in a statement.
It’s cryptic if this 112-mph acceleration absolute will administer to aloof Volvos, or if Polestar cars will be afflicted as well. Volvo additionally did not accurately accompaniment if this change will alone affect the US, or if added all-around markets will accept speed-limited cars, too. This could be a deal-breaker for association in, say, Germany, a country accepted for its abounding complete sections of Autobahn. The aggregation additionally did not specify if barter will be able to blueprint a acceleration delimiter aloft request. A Volvo agent did not anon acknowledgment a appeal for comment.
This move comes as allotment of the company’s “Vision 2020” assurance initiative, which “aims for no one to be dead or actively afflicted in a new Volvo by 2020.” The Swedish automaker says it has articular dispatch as one of several disciplinarian behaviors that it intends to reduce.
“We appetite to alpha a chat about whether carmakers accept the appropriate or maybe alike an obligation to install technology in cars that changes their driver’s behavior,” Samuelsson said. To that end, the aggregation is additionally investigating whether or not it should apparatus “smart acceleration control” and geofencing technologies, which could automatically bind a vehicle’s acceleration in close banal areas, or abreast places like schools and hospitals.
Volvo addendum that, aloft assertive speeds, in-car assurance tech is not abundant to anticipate astringent injuries or fatalities in the accident of a collision. The aggregation credibility out that 25 percent of all cartage fatalities in the US in 2017 were acquired by speeding, citation National Artery Cartage Assurance Administration data.
Of course, actuality in the US, a 112-mph top end won’t technically amount to best folks. A Texas artery currently has the accomplished acquaint acceleration absolute in the country, at 85 mph, and there are no complete sections of accessible roadway.
In accession to speeding, Volvo is attractive at things like disciplinarian aberration and beatitude as botheration areas in its adventure to accomplish all roadways safer. The aggregation says it will anon action account on how to action these issues, as well.
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