According to the World Health Organization’s WHO data, 1.35 million people worldwide die of traffic accidents every year. It is said to be one in 24 seconds. In order to solve the worldwide traffic accident, automobile manufacturers have developed and developed safety-related technologies.
Volvo has a longstanding reputation as a safety-conscious brand. Recently, Volvo announced that it would limit the speed of all cars produced in the future to 180 km/h. Some have disputed this, but netizens generally support Volvo’s decision. Today’s AutoPost Issue Plus takes a step closer to Volvo’s identity, which is drawing attention as a speed limit decision.
Written by Jinwoong Lee
Reduce top speed
Volvo’s goal to stop accidents
Volvo said it will limit the speed of all recently produced vehicles to 180 km/h as part of an extensive safety plan to reduce the number of deaths from traffic accidents to zero.
“Although speeding is one of the common reasons for death in traffic accidents, many people are still unaware of the dangers of speeding,” Volvo said. “In case of an accident above a certain speed, serious design and various safety technologies cannot avoid serious injury and death,” said the reason for the maximum speed limit. Previously, it was able to speed up to 250 km/h.
It also added that it will provide a care key for new cars to be released in the future. By setting the car’s speed limit to the key by entering the car’s speed limit, the maximum speed can be further lowered when parents lend the car to a child who is inexperienced, or when an elderly person drives, which can help safe driving.
In addition, Volvo said it is also researching ways to automatically limit speed in certain sections using GPS. For example, if you pass through a children’s sanctuary near the school, you will automatically limit the vehicle speed.
There is some controversy
Volvo to take action
The controversy raised that Volvo’s decision to limit speed was infringing on consumer rights. Nowadays, automakers around the world are trying to develop a car that can run safely and fast, but simply claimed that limiting the top speed was a step backwards.
Regarding this controversy, CEO Hakan Samuelson Volvo said, “Thanks to our research, we know what’s the problem with eliminating serious injuries and deaths. Limiting speed isn’t a panacea, but if you can save one, you lose potential. It is worth doing so,” he said.
When such measures became known in Korea, netizens said, “I understand it by looking at them.” “There is no way to exceed 200km/h without a circuit.” “There are too many people speeding these days. Even if you lose, you need to learn other brands to learn that life is first.”
In addition, there are people who praise Volvo’s technology, saying, “It can be interpreted as saying that you can be confident that you are safe to some extent up to 180km/h,” and “This policy is really necessary.” There are also reactions that require expanded restrictions.
Used in automobiles these days
Development of many safety devices
Volvo has long been a prominent brand for safety technology. It has been different since Volvo was founded. Founders Gabrielson and Gustav Larsson one day after eating lobster at a restaurant and dropping it on the ground, they saw a lobster that was not broken or broken and said, “I should make a car that is as strong as that crawfish.”
The three-point seat belt, which most automobiles today adopt, was first developed in 1959. At the time, the speed of vehicles was about 50 to 60 km/h, so it was a revolutionary invention that significantly lowered the serious and serious mortality rates during a crash.
In addition, a device in which the warning light flashes when the seat belt is not worn was further developed in 1971. We have developed a number of safety devices in vehicles that we know a lot, such as side airbags and side protection systems SIPS and curtain airbags. In addition, the world’s first non-projecting bumper and bonnet airbags were applied to pedestrian safety.
Currently, Volvo has developed an integrated safety system called IntelliSafe, an emergency braking system called City Safety, pedestrian collision prevention technology, and a blind spot warning system. Is applying its own autonomous driving technology to its vehicles.
Be evaluated at a level
In addition, the basic chassis design is also very advanced towards safety. When the small overlap test was first tested in the US IIHS, most premium brands, including Mercedes-Benz and BMW, were disastrous, while Volvo was rated G.
In one overseas video, the 92-year-old Volvo 850 Estate collided and overturned another car, but the basic frame is intact and boasts tremendous durability to run smoothly even after bumping and smashing numerous times. In addition, the B-pillar and C-pillar did not look crumpled at all.
Launched in 2002, for 12 years until 2014, the first-generation XC90 was rated G without a single miss, and even though it passed small overlap crash tests as of today. The second-generation XC90 has been shown to look fine with little distortion even after rolling the car several times.
Safety and direction
Volvo’s unique identity
Volvo The safety technology and sturdy body design are excellent, but there is also a strong sense of safety. Volvo values people-centered values as the most important thing, and the homepage places great emphasis on safety.
In 1959, when developing a three-point seat belt, there was an opportunity to earn a lot of money by applying for a patent, but revealed the position that it is not for patent because it is for human safety, abandoned the patent application, and distributed this technology to competing companies for free did. Man’s life was prioritized over astronomical financial gain.
Volvo’s precedent was the opportunity for other European and American automakers to share safety-related technologies without patents. The most representative example is the ESP, which was developed jointly by Mercedes-Benz and Bosch in 1995 and spread widely without patent.
In 1970, a traffic accident research team was established to recover the car if it had crashed within 100km of Volvo’s headquarters and determine the cause of the accident based on driver and eyewitness statements, police investigation, and the extent of injury to the injured by the accident. It is still in operation, has accumulated research data to make safer cars, and has played a big role in securing world-class safety.
Recently, the EVA project has been opened to companies and individuals around the world to refer to Volvo’s research on the safety of automobiles. In addition to the three-point seat belt case, this is a point where you can see how different your safety is.
Volvo’s philosophy of safety also applies to commercial vehicles. “We know the actual operating environment of the truck, and we know the type of accident. That’s why Volvo carries out a number of additional tests that are not required by law,” said Carl Johann Amquist, director of transportation and product safety at Volvo Trucks. “I am emphasizing on making the safest truck in the world.”
At present, many car brands around the world are trying to make a safe car, but few manufacturers are obsessed with safety as much as Volvo, and have a professional research team to study traffic accidents. Currently, many experts around the world say that thanks to Volvo, safety technology has been able to develop so far.
Volvo’s philosophy to save just one more person, car makers are the most important thing to follow. It was AutoPost Issue Plus.
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