Volvo City Safety System Reduces Rear-End Crashes by 41 Percent: Study

The Insurance Institute for Highway Safety (IIHS) has conducted an academic study on Volvo‘s City Safety system.

Standard on all Volvos sold in the U.S., City Safety includes a host of safety technologies such as automatic emergency braking and forward collision warnings. IIHS found in its study that the system in 2011-2012 Volvo S60 and 2010-2012 XC60 models reduces the rate of rear-end crashes by 41 percent, injuries to occupants by 47 percent and rear-end crashes involving third-party injuries by 48 percent.

The independent, nonprofit organization concluded that “City Safety appears to be highly effective at reducing rear-end crashes and associated injuries reported to police, even on roadways with speed limits higher than the system’s operating range.”

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Volvo is continually improving its City Safety system, with intersection braking added to the 2016 Volvo XC90 and large animal detection with autobrake being introduced starting with the 2017 Volvo S90 sedan. It is just another component to help make Volvo’s Vision 2020 a reality, which states that no one should be killed or seriously injured in a new Volvo by the year 2020.

“This study reinforces Volvo Car’s long standing leadership in safety,” said Lex Kerssemakers, President and CEO of Volvo Car USA, “We look forward to future studies where the effectiveness of these systems will be even greater.”

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