Volvo has announced that its cars and trucks will now be able to share real-time data about nearby hazards thanks to new a cloud-based system that allows the vehicles to communicate with each other. Live and anonymous data will be shared between Volvo trucks sold in Sweden and Norway with the company’s own hazard-alert systems, and Volvo cars equipped with Volvo Cars’ Hazard Light Alert system.
Volvo’s Hazard Light Alert technology is unique since it automatically sends an alert to nearby Volvo cars when a driver switches on the hazard lights, warning drivers to help avoid potential accidents. This is particularly useful on blind corners and over the crest of hills in the road. The Hazard Light Alert has been available in Sweden and Norway since 2016, where it is standard on all 90 and 60 series cars as well as the XC40.
“Sharing real-time safety data based on our connected safety technology can help avoid accidents,” said Malin Ekholm, vice president of the Volvo Cars Safety Centre. “The more vehicles we have sharing safety data in real time, the safer our roads become. We look forward to establishing further collaborations with other partners who share our commitment to traffic safety.”