The cars that ‘talk’ to each other

Volvo

All Volvo vehicles built in 2021 will be able to communicate with each other.

“Connected Safety” is standard for every Volvo vehicle in 2021. It allows Volvos to communicate with each other on the road with two different alerts. A Slippery Road Alert is sent to nearby Volvo drivers if one Volvo detects a low-traction area, and a Hazard Light Alert is sent to approaching Volvos if there’s a Volvo ahead with its hazard lights on, Auto Blog reported.

“Connected Safety” has been working in Europe since 2018. The premium vehicle maker is in discussions with governments to expand the service.

“Sharing real-time safety data between cars can help avoid accidents,” says Malin Ekholm, head of Volvo Cars Safety Centre, said in a media release. “Volvo owners directly contribute to making roads safer for other drivers that enable the feature, while they also benefit from early warnings to potentially dangerous conditions ahead.”

Safety research by the company shows that adjusting speeds to the actual traffic situation can radically reduce the risk for accidents. By alerting people to dangers ahead in a timely manner and allowing them to adapt with time to spare, connected safety technologies can support better driver behaviour and boost traffic safety.

Every 2021 Volvo also will has as standard blind spot warning (with steer assist), rear cross-traffic alert, full-LED active-bending headlights with auto brights, power-retractable auto-dimming side mirrors, a new Care Key (which can limit top speed) and two USB-C outlets for the rear passengers to replace the 12-volt outlet.

The Volvo S90, V90 and V90 have a fresh look and each has a hidden exhaust pipe exit – under the rear bumper. Other notable changes include a new tail light design with a welcome pattern, different trunk lid design on the S90 and a new spoiler on the V90 and V90 Cross Country. Volvo also deleted the plastic molding on the side of the Cross Country to give it a cleaner look. You get new wheels all around, added wireless charging capability and new interior trim options.

The vehicle manufacturer, based in Gothenburg, Sweden, intends to launch its first autonomous cars in 2021. They will be at Level 4, completely unsupervised on applicable roads. Level 4 permits cars to manage emergency situations and bring the car into a safe state by itself without driver interaction and with Volvo assuming liability while the car is in autonomous mode.

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