Gurgaon, India (PressExposure) July 18, 2009 -- Volvo has introduced a new strategy that includes a broader view of safety than the traditional focus on accidents. Even if the technology to design aÂ collision-free traffic environment is not in place yet, the safety experts at Volvo says they know what they want to achieve.
They look into the driver's whole journey, from everyday driving to after a collision. The car's safety functions can be divided into five phases:
Phase 1: Normal driving - Driver kept informed on driving status and driver concentration. Phase 2: Conflict - Driver involved in a potentially hazardous situation, but able to cope with it. Phase 3: Avoidance - Driver less capable of coping with the situation. Phase 4: Damage reduction - Driver and car not capable of avoiding collision. Preparation for collision, reduction of crash forces. Phase 5: After collision - Driver offered assistance and rescue.
Volvo follows the principle that the driver should be in command. The "intelligence" of the car should support the driver, for instance by monitoring drowsiness or distraction. It can also warn the driver when the distance to other cars is too short. It is not until the driver fails to react and a collision is imminent or unavoidable, that the car "takes over" from the driver, for example byÂ auto-braking. The lowered impact speed leads to less crash energy, which in turn increases the performance of the car's protective safety systems such as seat belts, airbags and crumple zones. In the near future Volvo plans to introduce safety technologies that make it possible to detect and auto-brake for pedestrians and even auto-steer away from oncoming cars.
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