Insurance research shows Volvo auto-braking tech cut accidents by 28%
22 June 2015
Volvo has revealed statistics from an insurance survey to support claims that its standard City Safety auto braking technology has reduced insurance claims for rear-end frontal collisions by 28%.
The data is based on real-life accumulated insurance claims in Sweden with data from Swedish insurers If and Volvia.
The figures from the insurance study show that cars equipped with the first two generations of City Safety (active automatic braking up to 18/31 mph in certain traffic situations) were involved in 28% fewer accidents and subsequent insurance claims.
City Safety has been standard on all Volvo models since 2008. The first generation of the technology worked at speeds up to 18 mph. This was subsequently increased to 31 mph from 2013. In 2015, City Safety has been updated on the XC90 and operates at all speeds on that specific model.
Volvo says that 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 said some insurance companies are offering discounts of up to 25% on insurance premiums due to City Safety.
Magdalena Lindman, Volvo Cars technical Expert, traffic safety data analysis, said: "We see our continuous development of collision avoidance and steering assist systems as stepping stones towards autonomous cars.
"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."
Volvo has a company vision that by 2020 it will deliver new cars in which no one is seriously injured or killed. Their longer term goal is to design cars that do not crash.