EuroFOT, a European large-scale field test on driving safety, is finally concluded and suggests that safety systems like adaptive cruise control and collision warning systems reduce the risk of a crash by 42 percent.
Started in 2008, the project used cumulative data from 28 companies including automakers, suppliers, universities, research institutes and other stakeholders. It shouldn’t be impressive to learn that safety technology is helping to prevent crashes, but reducing risk by such a significant margin is hard to ignore.
Volvo is making a point of emphasizing how those features, which it is generally known in the industry for innovating, are improving safety. As one of the 28 contributing bodies, it lent 100 cars and 263 drivers to help gather data, though it wasn’t the only automaker participating. The cars were equipped with cameras and sensors that spent 18 months recording data that went into the study.
“The analyses show that our world-leading focus on new safety and support technologies delivers results in everyday traffic conditions. Since the start of EuroFOT, we have presented a number of new systems and in addition refined already existing technologies. One example is Pedestrian Detection with Full Auto Brake, which alerts the driver and automatically brakes the car if there is a pedestrian in the road,” says Peter Mertens, Volvo senior vice president of research and development.
In total, the study examined five safety technologies found in Volvo cars, something CEO Stefan Jacoby recently admitted to being too confusing for most drivers. The systems were Volvo’s adaptive cruise control, collision warning, blind spot detection, lane departure warning and driver alertness features.
Features like these and others were restricted until recently to high-end luxury cars, but now even entry-level compacts can come with many of the same safety technology.