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.
Sensus Connect redefines ‘connected car’
Volvo Cars wins prestigious Telematics Update Car Maker of the Year Award
- Intuitive and user-friendly ‘tile-based’ user interface
- Cloud-based applications for music streaming and other services with integrated look and feel
Volvo Cars’ innovative work in the field of connected car and cloud technology has been recognised with the prestigious Car Maker of the Year Award from Telematics Update. The award was presented on June 2, at the Telematics Update Automotive Congress in Detroit.
With the launch of the new XC90, Volvo Cars has completely re-conceived the way drivers operate their car by dispensing with the normal array of buttons and replacing them with a large tablet-like touch screen, a heads-up display, voice control and thumb controls on the steering wheel.
“We take the best available technology and make it work in the most useful way for our customers. It’s about using technology to provide tangible real-life benefits, rather than providing technology just for the sake of it. The car industry is on the verge of massive changes in this respect, and Volvo Cars is at the vanguard of this in-car technology revolution,” said Klas Bendrik, Senior Vice President & CIO at Volvo Car Group, as he collected the coveted award.
New features in the Sensus Connect solution offer a broad selection of cloud-based applications with an integrated look and feel. Available applications, which vary by market, include Internet radio, real-time location sharing, finding and paying for parking and discovering new restaurants or local attractions. Volvo Cars can also now suggest and book a time for car service when it is required with the Connected Service Booking application.
Apart from offering integrated, cloud-based applications, Sensus Connect will also offer Apple CarPlay, and at a later stage Android Auto, bringing familiar phone-based applications into the Volvo car interface. Such applications will include phone, messaging, music and navigation to begin with.
Volvo On Call
In addition to providing one of the most advanced in-car control and infotainment systems, Volvo Cars’ Sensus Connect also allows remote control of some key car features, such a setting precondition timings to heat up or cool down the car, sending destinations to the navigation system, locking and unlocking the doors and much more with its dedicated smart-phone application, Volvo On Call.
“Volvo Cars’ aims to constantly innovate and pioneer in the field of the connected car. Our vision is that cars will not only communicate with their drivers, but also with other vehicles and eventually broader society. By sharing and receiving relevant road safety data, for example, Volvo cars could, in the very near future, help to improve the safety of other road users while at the same time helping to streamline traffic flow and reduce emissions and eventually infrastructure costs,” concluded Klas Bendrik.