Volvo Car Group’s new connectivity system receives Red Dot Design Award
A jury of international designers and design experts has awarded Volvo Car Group’s new connectivity system Sensus Connected Touch the prestigious 2013 Red Dot Design Award. Sensus Connected Touch gives the Volvo owner outstanding possibilities, including the world’s first voice-activated Spotify connection integrated in a car.
“Our connectivity solutions are designed to make driving more enjoyable and safe. The Red Dot Design Award confirms that this approach to an intuitive, human-centric user experience fulfils modern car owners’ desire to remain constantly connected also when driving,” says Alain Visser, Senior Vice President, Marketing, Sales and Customer Service at Volvo Car Group. He adds: “The introduction of Sensus Connected Touch paves the way for the large, factory-fitted portrait touch screen that will be part of the infotainment package in the all-new XC90 in 2014.”
Available for new and used Volvos
Sensus Connected Touch is a dealer-fitted accessory that can be fitted in most versions of the Volvo V40, S60, V60, XC60, V70, XC70 and S80. It can also be retrofitted in used Volvo cars from model year 2011 and onwards that have the Sensus infotainment system with a 7-inch display.
The system turns the integrated 7-inch display into a state-of-the-art infrared, beam-scanned touch screen that can be used even when wearing gloves.
To offer the user maximum flexibility, the system can be operated via the touch screen, the steering wheel or the centre stack controls. On top of this, all music sources can also be voice-activated.
“You can play the music track you want just by saying its name. This, combined with an effective voice-activation, an intuitive user interface, a very fast Internet browser and a wide choice of around 20 functions and apps make Sensus Connected Touch outstanding compared with solutions from our main competitors,” says Alain Visser.
Connection is made either via a car-mounted 3G/4G-dongle or via the driver’s mobile phone. Internet data is transferred via Wi-Fi between the mobile phone and the Sensus Connected Touch. It is also possible to share a Wi-Fi network with everyone in the car when using the dongle.
The Red Dot Award
The Red Dot is established internationally as one of the most sought-after quality marks for good design. Well-known designers and design experts from across the globe are handpicked to guarantee as much objectivity as possible in the selection of the winning products. The Red Dot Design Award breaks down into different disciplines: Product Design, Communication Design and Design Concept.
Washington DC hosts leading industry forum on the safety benefits of connected cars
Volvo Car Group puts consumers at the heart of the Connected Car debate
Leading officials and automotive experts gathered in Washington, DC on Thursday to discuss “The Safety Benefits of Connected Cars”. Hosted by the Embassy of Sweden and Volvo Car Group (Volvo Cars), the seminar explored the safety advantages of connected vehicles and the challenges faced by an industry keen to align on a vision for driverless cars. Subjects such as cyber security, legislation, infrastructure and environmental implications dominated the session and attracted an audience keen to debate the future of a technology that has grabbed the attention of drivers around the world.
Enabling vehicles to communicate with each other as well as with highway infrastructure opens up fantastic possibilities that allows information to be shared and exchanged – creating a more comfortable, environmentally friendly and safer drive. Information such as temporary road blocks, crash disturbances and approaching emergency vehicles can help drivers make more informed driving decisions with the support of this consumer centric technology.
During the debate, Peter Mertens, Senior Vice President, Research and Development of Volvo Cars, said: “The Connected Car technology will be developed step by step in an evolutionary process so sensors will have to improve, connectivity has to be available, and cars need to be able to talk to each other as well as infrastructure”. Mertens added: “It is very important that we focus on the consumer and ensure he/she is at the centre of all of our activities, the Volvo way - Designed Around You. By doing this, we expect customers to rapidly embrace connected car solutions in the future.”
Volvo Cars believes that Connected Car technologies are an important part of its ambition to reduce the number of fatalities and serious injuries. These technologies further support Volvo Cars’ vision that no one will be killed or seriously injured in a new Volvo car by the year 2020.
- Over 90 percent of all crashes in the U.S. are a result of driver error
- 6% of all accidents and 3% of all fatalities are caused by slippery road conditions
- 10% cent of all traffic fatalities at intersections are the result of red-light violations
Volvo Cars also conducted the first ever demonstration in the US of Adaptive Cruise Control with Steer Assist in real traffic conditions, a technology that paves the way for full autonomous driving . At the push of a button, the technology automatically follows the preceding vehicle in slow-moving lines of traffic traveling at speeds of under 31mph. Radar sensors and a camera help to automatically maintain a set distance with the vehicle in front and steers the car to keep it within its lane.
The Connected Car technology is further enhanced by two partnerships Volvo Cars has entered into to develop driver assistance systems and autonomous driving. Volvo Cars has partnered with the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT), to evaluate ways to measure the state of a driver and analyse drowsiness, workload, stress levels and heart conditions. In addition, a partnership with the Californian based company HERE (formerly known as NAVTEQ), is being explored to evaluate the best way of finding efficient map data for autonomous driving applications, an essential component for the advancement of autonomous driving.
Volvo S60 and XC60 get ‘superior’ rating in new test of front crash prevention systems
ROCKLEIGH, N.J. (Sept. 27, 2013) – Volvo’s S60 and XC60 received a rating of "superior"in a newly developed testing program of front crash-prevention systems conducted by the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety (IIHS) for cars equipped with auto brake and forward collision warning. Among the 74 moderately priced and luxury midsize cars and SUVs tested, Volvo’s City Safety was the only low-speed crash prevention system in the test offered as standard.
"We welcome that the major rating institutes now begin to integrate collision avoidance technologies in their testing programs. This will give consumers better insight into the advantages of auto brake systems," said Thomas Broberg, senior safety advisor at Volvo Car Group.
Released today, the results include two crash mitigation tests, one at 12 and the other at 25 mph. An additional point is given to vehicles with forward collision warning. The new IIHS crash prevention evaluation will be incorporated in its 2014 Top Safety Pick Plus rating.
The Volvo S60 sedan and XC60 crossover equipped with City Safety and Collision Warning with Full Auto Brake and Pedestrian Detection were among seven models to earn a “superior” rating in the new test.
City Safety standard on new models
All new S60 and XC60s sold in the U.S. have City Safety standard and currently all new Volvos except XC90 come with City Safety offered as standard. Most Volvo models are also available with state-of-the-art technologies that detect and brake automatically for cars, pedestrians and cyclists.
"The IIHS test focuses on two situations, both with cars braking for stationary objects. However, it should be emphasized that our systems cover a much broader scope of real-life scenarios," said Broberg.
The IIHS results confirm Volvo’s safety leadership and its longstanding focus on passenger protection. City Safety was first introduced in the United States on the all-new 2010 XC60. More than 1 million Volvos equipped with auto brake technology have been sold globally and more than 130,000 in the United States. Next year the company will continue this pioneering work by making detection systems that also work in darkness and by introducing collision mitigation for large animals.
Auto brake technology results in fewer crashes
The benefits of the groundbreaking City Safety technology — featuring automatic braking in low speed situations — were documented in a 2012 Insurance Institute for Highway Safety (IIHS) report, which stated a reduction in insurance claim frequencies. In a 2012 IIHS survey of 500 U.S. Volvo owners, a majority of them liked their vehicle’s crash avoidance features and credit the technology with keeping them safe and preventing crashes.
"Over the years, the risk of being injured in a Volvo has been reduced continuously and substantially. By introducing new preventive and protective systems, we keep moving toward our aim that by 2020 no one should be injured or killed in a new Volvo. Our long-term vision is that cars should not crash," said Broberg.