Volvo Trucks is introducing a cloud-based service – Connected Safety – which allows Volvo trucks and cars to automatically alert each other to hazardous traffic situations.
Connected Safety was launched by Volvo Cars in 2016, but now Volvo Trucks is rolling out its version of the service in Norway and Sweden, so trucks and cars will be able to alert each other to potential hazards because the two companies will share safety-related data between their respective clouds.
“Expanded co-operation between different players is one of the most important keys to improved road safety. If more vehicles are able to exchange real-time information about the traffic situation, it will lower the risk of accidents. With Connected Safety we are opening the door to the future, with the hope that more vehicle manufacturers will join in,” says Carl Johan Almqvist, Traffic and Product Safety Director at Volvo Trucks. “As the technology undergoes further refinement and more vehicles are linked to the system, real-time information will become an important complement to the various intelligent safety and driver support systems found in our trucks today. Connected Safety marks the start of a new phase in our on-going drive to promote safe driving and prevent accidents.”
Connected Safety was developed to send out alerts to nearby vehicles connected to the service whenever a driver activates the vehicle’s hazard warning lights.