The automaker will be limiting car speeds to reduce the number of accidents and fatalities caused by high speed driving
Automakers around the globe are trying to achieve higher speeds while rolling out new cars. Volvo however, has always put an unflinching priority on safety standards of a vehicle over performance and other flashy features. Their commitment to safety is evident in their decision to electronically limit the top speed of their cars to a measly 112 Mph. All Volvo models will be limited to this top speed from 2020.
High speed fatalities are far too common on the roads, they are in fact, the most common cause for road accidents along with driving under influence of alcohol/drugs, and use of mobile phones while driving. Monitoring driver behavior alone, will not suffice as an adequate measure to counter this problem. Realizing this, Volvo have decided to alter the cars itself, ridding them of the capability of going faster than what can be deemed safe. However, it remains to be seen how it affects their consumer base.
Volvo cars are renowned world over for their state of the art ride safety technology, but that doesn’t mean their cars cannot go fast, the Volvo S60 Polestar goes from 0-60 Mph in just 4.4 seconds and has a top speed of 155 Mph. It is their undying resolve to improve road safety standards, which has prompted such a move from the Swedish automaker. They have also created a geo mapping technology which will automatically slow cars down when near schools and hospitals.
“While a speed limitation is not a cure-all, it’s worth doing if we can even save one life. We want to start a conversation about whether carmakers have the right or maybe even an obligation to install technology in cars that changes their driver’s behavior.” Said Håkan Samuelsson, Volvo’s president chairman of the executive board.