Volvo Cars Sensus interface voted most innovative HMI system
Volvo Cars’ in-car control interface, Sensus, has been awarded the title of ‘Most Innovative HMI System’ at the 2015 Car HMI Concept & Systems conference in Berlin.
The award singled out Volvo Cars as being at the forefront of HMI (Human Machine Interface) design and was based on the level of innovation, intuitiveness, complexity and operational safety the Sensus system delivers.
Based on global user experience research, Volvo Cars’ Sensus system has developed a measured response to users’ emotional and physical needs and has redefined in-car control systems with its easy-to-use touch interface and smart tiling system.
The Sensus HMI solution is comprised of the centre touch display, the driver information cluster and a Head-Up Display (HUD). Volvo Cars designed the system based on the concept that some information is more important and time critical than others.
“We were very conscious when designing the Sensus interface that safety should be our key concern, along with usability. With this architecture we have delivered an interface that holds no surprises for our customers and delivers a feeling of relaxed control that is central to the Volvo brand identity,” said Dr Thomas Müller, Vice President Electrical and Electronics Systems Engineering at Volvo Car Group.
Unlike most touch solutions in the auto industry Volvo Cars’ Sensus system is built using a unique infrared sensing technology that allows drivers to operate the system while wearing gloves and also ensures a more robust and responsive system.
Using a four-tile flat menu structure and just one home button, the Sensus HMI system’s user-centric approach has reduced interaction steps, thereby reducing potential for distraction.
Volvo XC90 courtesy car at the Swedish Royal Wedding
Volvo Cars is delighted to announce that it has been chosen by Sweden’s Royal Court to supply 35 all new Volvo XC90s as courtesy cars on the occasion of the wedding between Prince Carl Philip and Ms. Sofia Hellqvist on June 13th, 2015.
The royal wedding is one of this summer’s most anticipated events in Sweden and indeed globally. Guests at the wedding will be chauffeured from airports and hotels to lunches, dinners as well as to and from the wedding ceremony in Slottskyrkan in the discreet luxury of Volvo’s new flagship sports utility vehicle.
Prince Carl Philip is no stranger to Volvos. He is a keen racing driver and has been a member of the Volvo Polestar Racing Team since 2013, competing in the Scandinavian Touring Car Championship (STCC) in a specially built Volvo S60 racing car.
For the wedding, Volvo Cars will supply 35 XC90 D5 cars with a Luminous Sand exterior with light leather interiors. The cars will come with a special fender emblem to mark the occasion.
Volvo Cars has worked with the Swedish Royal Court previously. In 2010 the Swedish carmaker supplied a fleet of 85 specially designed Volvos for use as courtesy cars at the wedding of Crown Princess Victoria and Prince Daniel. In 2012 Volvo Cars supplied 50 white Volvo S80s and XC60s on the occasion of the christening of Princess Estelle.
After the wedding the cars will be made available for purchase by Volvo Cars.
Volvo Cars’ standard safety technology cuts accident claims by 28 per cent
One of the most comprehensive scientific studies performed on collision avoidance systems in cars reveals that Volvo Cars’ standard City Safety technology reduces insurance claims for rear-end frontal collisions by 28 per cent.
Based on real-life accumulated insurance claims data from the Swedish insurers If and Volvia, the study of City Safety performance conclusively reveals the real-life value of auto braking collision avoidance systems.
The main benefit of City Safety is its ability to reduce the incidence of whiplash and other neck-related injuries caused by low-speed traffic accidents. The secondary benefit to Volvo car drivers is a reduction in accident damage to their cars and the costs that this incurs.
Strong statistical sample
The study is based on robust insurance company data which covers over 160,000 vehicle years in traffic making it unique in the study of collision avoidance systems. Unlike police or emergency response sourced data, insurance company data covers all accidents – regardless of whether people are injured, giving a more holistic overview of the real-life performance of Volvo Cars’ standard City Safety technology.
“Volvo Cars launched its first collision avoidance technology in 2006. City Safety was introduced as standard in all new Volvo car models from 2008. Since then we’ve been monitoring the performance of our collision avoidance systems in Volvo Cars throughout Sweden, where we have a 20 per cent market share. This is a very strong statistical sample to base findings on, as every fifth car on the road in Sweden is a Volvo,” said Magdalena Lindman, Technical Expert, Traffic Safety Data Analysis at Volvo Cars.
The figures from the study show that cars equipped with the first two generations of City Safety (active automatic braking up to 30/50 km/h in certain traffic situations) were involved in 28 per cent fewer accidents and subsequent insurance claims
Volvo Cars’ City Safety technology also delivers more immediate benefits to Volvo drivers, with insurance companies offering discounts of between 20-25 per cent on insurance premiums on several markets thanks to this innovative technology.
Collision avoidance systems are increasingly popular with motorists that spend a lot of time behind the wheel in stop-and-go commuting traffic where the risk for low speed collisions is quite high. Volvo Cars introduced City Safety as standard in new models from 2008. The first generation of the technology worked at speeds up to 30 km/h. This was subsequently increased to 50 km/h from 2013. In 2015 City Safety has been updated in the XC90 and now operates at all speeds*.
A step closer to autonomous cars
“We see our continuous development of collision avoidance and steering assist systems as stepping stones towards autonomous cars. Volvo Cars is already at the forefront of autonomous car development and our huge credibility in car safety is a major advantage. We believe that collision avoidance systems will be an enabler for cars that do not crash and allow people the freedom to drive or be driven in comfort to their destination,” concluded Magdalena Lindman.
With Volvo Cars’ long held Vision 2020 the Swedish car maker aims to deliver cars in which no one is seriously injured or killed by the year 2020. Their longer term goal is to design cars that do not crash.
The results of this independent study of the advancements and efficiency of Collision Avoidance Systems (were delivered in conjunction with the 24th ESV (Enhanced Safety of Vehicles) Conference in Gothenburg (June 8-11).
*Applicable only to new XC90s. In all other current Volvo models City Safety operates at up to 50 km/h.