New vehicle technology on Volvo vehicles could make them less likely to get into common car accidents that occur in the city, according to news reports
City Safety, which made its debut in 2009, is currently only available on Volvo XC60 midsize SUVs. In a demo video (below), Volvo said the technology uses an infrared sensor to monitor objects in front of the car. If it detects something while traveling between 2-18 miles per hour, the car will automatically brake and the brake lights will illuminate. Volvo said cars traveling between 2-9mph will be able to stop completely, while those going 9-18mph might not be able to stop but will help reduce the consequences of a higher-speed crash. The car will stop for 1.5 seconds, giving you time to put your foot on the brake, before it starts moving again.
In conducting its analysis, HLDI compared insurance claims for the Volvo XC60 with other 2009-10 midsize luxury SUVs and other 2009-10 Volvo models, controlling for demographic and geographic factors. Claim frequency rates for Volvos with City Safety "were lower than all other midsize luxury SUVs combined, as well as other Volvos" the report found.
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