Volvo’s experimental project to make driving on icy roads safer

Volvo is all set to make driving safer, especially during winters with the help of its new research project. The pilot project involves Volvo cars sharing road information to nearby vehicles with the help of special data transmitters. This will not only alert drivers of potential danger ahead but also the concerned road authorities, who can take quick action to solve the problem.

The cars participating in the project will be fitted with a special transreceiver.  This will collect data from the car’s inbuilt traction control sensors and will alert the nearby Volvo vehicles. However, unlike other systems, this transmitter will send information directly to the company’s server via cell phone towers. The server will then send information to other Volvo cars in the vicinity, warning them about the condition of the road.

However, the alerts sent to nearby cars will differ on the speeds at which they are running. For example, someone who is driving at 5MPH would not get the same alert as someone who is at 60MPH. According to the company, there are levels of alertness and the driver at slow speeds will receive a low level warning as opposed to the one driving at high speeds.

As the company collects more information about the area from passing by Volvo cars, it will send them to the concerned road authorities. They can then send out a special crew to de-ice the area or snow plow them in order to make it safer for drivers. So, this program will be beneficial for not just Volvo cars as alert road authorities can make the road safer for everyone. The exchange of data can be pretty fast and hence, these authorities can take action quickly, reducing potential accidents.

Other car manufacturers like Ford also use a similar technology to alert its drivers but the information is sent directly to nearby cars. In this case, Volvo is relying on their own data center to receive and transmit the information, which in turn helps them inform the concerned authorities directly.

According to the company, 50 cars are participating in this pilot project. Volvo is also teaming up with Swedish Transport Administration and Norwegian Public Roads Administration for the program.

However, the company aims to expand its fleet considerably by next winter. So, if the program turns out to be successful, Volvo may install this system in practically every car made by them.

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