Volvo's City Safety Technology Drives Down Chauffeur Company's At Fault Rear Impact Accidents By 28%
- Volvo's City Safety technology helps chauffeur company, Tristar, improve customer safety and reduce vehicle-off-road costs
- Tristar's rear impact accidents, where the driver was at fault have decreased by 28% in the first six months of trialling City Safety
- From Spring 2012, it is planned that all of Tristar's Volvo fleet will be fitted with City Safety*
Volvo has helped high profile chauffeur company, Tristar Worldwide, meet its goal of improving customer safety and driving down vehicle-off-road costs by dramatically reducing its at fault accident rates and associated costs in the first six months of trialling Volvo's revolutionary City Safety technology.
The award winning technology, which acts as an additional pair of eyes in heavy traffic, helping drivers avoid collisions at low speeds, has contributed to a 28% drop in Tristar's rear impact accidents, where one of its drivers has been at fault - and that's just since September 2011.
Tristar's newest V70, XC70 and S80 models are all fitted with City Safety as standard and help keep its Virgin Atlantic Airways' Upper Class customers safe when chauffeuring them to and from the airport.
The chauffeur company has been so impressed with City Safety, it believes it has the potential to further decrease its rear impact statistics by up to 50% once all its models are fitted with the technology.
City Safety works by keeping watch on vehicles in front with the help of a laser sensor built into the windscreen at the height of the rear-view mirror. The technology works at speeds of up to 19mph and will make the car automatically brake if the driver does not respond in time when the car in front slows down or stops.
Dean De Beer, Tristar's Group CEO said: "We have been incredibly impressed with the improvement City Safety has made on our rear-end impacts in such a short space of time. While the majority of rear-end collisions occur at relatively low speeds, this type of accident can be costly, as it can involve personal injury. Our drivers do a lot of inner city driving, and City Safety helps them stay alert in heavy traffic, avoiding costly accidents and keeping our passengers and those around us safe."
Tristar chauffeurs 115,000 Virgin customers to and from airports annually, and having now successfully trialled Volvo's City Safety technology, it is also keen to adopt other technology, such as Volvo's BLIS system.
BLIS is Volvo's award winning Blind Spot Information System, and works by helping detect vehicles in the rear blind spot on both sides of the car. With changing lanes causing 12.8% of Tristar's accidents, Tristar is keen to utilize Volvo's safety technology to further reduce this statistic.
Volvo Announces March Sales
U.S. Sales Up 5.1 Percent
ROCKLEIGH, N.J. (April 3, 2012) - Volvo Cars of North America, LLC, (VCNA) reported U.S. sales of 6,693 units, a 5.1 percent increase from March 2011. Year-to-date sales are up 6.3 percent over the first three months of 2011.
The top seller for the month was the award-winning S60 sports sedan with 2,599 units sold, a 33.1 percent increase from March 2011.
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- 5 years/50,000 miles of New Car Warranty
- 5 years/50,000 miles of Complimentary Factory Scheduled Maintenance
- 5 years/50,000 miles of Wear and Tear Coverage
- 5 years/Unlimited miles of Volvo On Call Roadside Assistance.
Telefonica Claws Back Miles As Abu Dhabi Gets Closer To Land
Telefónica attempted an 11th hour comeback on Monday, closing to around 250 nautical miles of leading pair PUMA and Groupama, while Abu Dhabi were still assessing their options as they made progress towards the Chilean coast.
While PUMA Ocean Racing powered by BERG and Groupama sailing team duelled it out around less than 250 nautical miles ahead, Iker Martínez’s third placed Team Telefónica made the most of better breeze and higher boat speeds to claw back miles.
“We’ve been surfing for almost 24 hours,” Telefónica’s Media Crew Member (MCM) Diego Fructuoso said.
“The two boats ahead have distanced from us a bit, but we shouldn’t loose faith. Anything can happen; we will keep sailing and won’t stop trying,” he added.
Meanwhile, at the head of the fleet just six and a half nautical miles separated leaders PUMA and second placed Groupama after more than 6,000 nautical miles of full-on ocean racing.
Groupama, winners of the previous leg from Sanya to Auckland, were pushing for their second consecutive win, while the prospect of their first victory of the 2011-2012 edition was spurring on PUMA.
“The fact that we’re so close with Groupama right now after everything the two boats have been through is beyond imagination,” PUMA skipper Ken Read said.
“It’s great for the sport, great for the race. Here we are, nip and tuck. I think the lead has changed about a dozen times.”
After slowing down in a high pressure system the leading pair were back up to speed in stronger winds at 1300 UTC, each competing to up keep the most sail area.
“Now the front is coming through, we’ve got 28 knots of breeze and we’re hanging on to the big gear so let’s see who flinches,” said Read.
CAMPER with Emirates Team New Zealand and Abu Dhabi Ocean Racing are sailing towards Puerto Montt in Chile after both sustaining serious structural damage earlier in the leg.
CAMPER, under 300 miles away and expected to arrive at the port on Tuesday, are aiming to complete Leg 5 after making repairs, while Abu Dhabi are yet to finalise their plans.
“We’re hitting 18, 19, 20 knots of boat speed at times so the miles are ticking down quite quickly,” said CAMPER helmsman and boat builder Rob Salthouse.
“Once we get in it will be a pretty busy three or so days. The shore team will be chomping at the bit to get this work done and we will help where we can.”
After completing the repairs CAMPER plan to round Cape Horn and finish the leg under sail.
Abu Dhabi skipper Ian Walker said the Emirati team were today less than 600 nm off the Chilean coast having made good progress over the last 48 hours, despite having to sail cautiously because of the repair.
“So far so good,” Walker said. “The repair seems excellent and appears to be holding, but we are also very conscious that the outside skin of the boat is only one and a half millimetres thick. You never know which wave is going to cause more damage.
“We are trying to sail with heel to keep that area out of the water and we are constantly monitoring it and trying to balance getting closer to land quickly against causing further damage,” he said.
“We are hoping to be able to confirm our longer term plan soon,” Walker added.
“We are just keeping our options open until a few more things drop into place."