Volvo Car Hellas
A HERITAGE OF INNOVATIONS
In every generation, Volvo has been a pioneer.
1959 - Three-point seat belt
There are few people on the planet who have saved as many lives as Volvo engineer Nils Bohlin - he introduced the three-point seat belt in the PV544 production line. Since then, it is estimated that more than a million lives have been saved thanks to Volvo Cars' decision to relinquish its patents so that everyone can benefit.
1972 - Rear-facing child safety seat
Remember those first images of astronauts sitting on their backs in their seats during takeoff to compensate for the forces? This was the basic principle on which their rear-facing child restraints were based, to distribute the load and minimize injuries. Then they innovated in 1976 with the auxiliary child seat and, again, in 1990 with an auxiliary child seat integrated directly into the car seat.
1976 - Lambda Sensor
The Lambda sensor was another contribution of Volvo Cars to a cleaner environment. A small device the size of a finger - essentially an oxygen detection sensor - meant a 90% reduction in harmful exhaust emissions. After about 40 years, Lambda sensors are still installed in almost every petrol car in the world.
1991 - Lateral impact protection
Another important step forward in safety was made with the Side Impact Protection System or SIPS. It was an integral part of the car's design and included a particularly strong construction and energy-absorbing materials inside, a crossbar on the floor, and even reinforced seats. We continued and, in 1994, launched another world first, the side airbags.
1998 - Neck Injury Protection System
A neck injury (like a whip) is a painful and possibly costly injury. It is also very common, which is why they focused on reducing low-speed collision injuries. The system includes a particularly sturdy head restraint near the passenger's head and a clever seat design that provides uniform support in the event of a collision. As a result, the risk of long-term medical problems is reduced by half.
1998 - Curtain airbags
The curtain airbags were another leap forward for Volvo Cars in the field of safety. They are located inside the roof lining and extend from the front to the rear of the cab - in the event of a side impact, the airbags inflate at just 25 cm per second and can absorb 75% of the energy generated when the passenger head is shaken to the side. .
2002 - Roll-Over Protection System (ROPS)
With the growing popularity of SUVs, we thought it was time to launch their next safety innovation - the rollover protection system. They solved the problem from two directions. First, they improved the stability of their SUVs with an advanced electronic Roll Stability Control system, and second, they improved the car's safety cage by using extremely durable boron steel on the roof.
2003 - Blind Spot Monitoring System (BLIS)
When drivers change lanes, a single moment of inattention can be devastating if there is a car in a blind spot and the driver does not notice. That's why they decided to keep their cars alert for any problems - their BLIS system uses cameras and radar to detect vehicles next to and behind the Volvo. When a car enters the blind spot area, a warning light illuminates near the exterior mirror, giving the driver enough time to react.
2008 - city safety
Here are some impressive statistics - 75% of all recorded collisions take place at speeds up to 30km / h and, in 50% of rear-end collisions, the rear driver does not even brake. They saw an opportunity to make a significant difference - their City system Safety uses laser detection to determine if there is a possibility of a collision with the front vehicle and, if the driver does not brake, brakes the car. The system operates at speeds up to 50km / h.
2010 - Pedestrian detection with fully automatic braking
They want their safety innovations to benefit those outside their cars as well. That's why they developed a system, using radar and cameras, which warns the driver in case someone is in front of the car and then brakes automatically if the driver does not. This is a huge leap forward. In the US, 11% of all fatalities are pedestrians, rising to 14% in Europe and a staggering 26% in China.See more