Volvo’s City Safety System Receives High Marks From Insurance Institute
According to a new study by the Highway Loss Data Institute, a research arm of the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety (financed by the insurance industry), Volvo vehicles equipped with the brand’s City Safety forward-collision avoidance system are far less likely to be involved in low-speed, rear-end collisions than vehicles lacking the system.
Earlier this year, the system already won a test operated by the German ADAC.
What is the Volvo Safety System?
The safety system which is also called “City Safety” is intended to help a driver avoid an accident by slowing down in time. It is active up to 30 km/h and keeps a watchful eye on traffic up to six metres in front of the car with the help of an optical radar (laser sensor) system integrated into the upper part of the windscreen. The vehicle automatically pre-charges the brakes if the driver does not respond in time when the leading car slows down or stops, or if the driver is driving too quickly toward a stationary object. The system functions equally well day and night, but has the same limitations as any other radar systems: it can be limited by fog, mist, snow or heavy rain. If the sensor on the windscreen is obscured the driver is alerted via the car’s information display.
There were 27 percent fewer property damage liability claims for the Volvo XC60, which comes standard with City Safety, than for other midsize luxury sport utility vehicles; the study noted 2.2 insurance claims for property damage liability per 100 Volvo XC60s on the road, compared with three claims per 100 for the average midsize luxury S.U.V. Property damage liability insurance pays to repair damage to another vehicle when the driver who hits it is at fault. The 27 percent reduction is “a big effect,” said Adrian Lund, president of the insurance institute, in a telephone interview. The pattern of results strongly indicates that City Safety is preventing low-speed crashes and reducing insurance costs,” he said. But will the system’s success result in lower insurance premiums for Volvo drivers? “I think it will,” Mr. Lund said. (Source: http://wheels.blogs.nytimes.com/2011/07/19/volvo-crash-prevention-system-receives-high-marks-from-insurance-institute/?smid=tw-nytimeswheels&seid=auto)
For more information about the study results and the methodology used, click here.
For those who are interested, the safety system can be tested in an interactive game on the Volvo website.Sources: