Volvo to limit the top speed on all its cars to 180km/h

Ivan Leon

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From next year no new Volvo will be capable of exceeding 180km/h as the Swedish carmaker, renowned for its dedication to safety, is electronically limiting the top speed of all its cars.

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What some might see as a form of excessive nannying, Volvo sees as a necessary step on the road to achieving its ultimate goal of eliminating road deaths.

Although that alone won’t do the trick, Volvo believes that even if this move saves just one life, it’s still worth doing.

“People simply do not recognise the danger involved in speed,” says Volvo safety export Jan Ivarsson. “As humans, we all understand the dangers with snakes, spiders and heights. With speeds, not so much."

“People often drive too fast in a given traffic situation and have poor speed adaptation in relation to that traffic situation and their own capabilities as a driver."

"We need to support better behaviour and help people realise and understand that speeding is dangerous.”

And it doesn’t just end with limiting top speeds

Volvo is also looking into “smart speed control” an and geofencing technologies that could, for instance, automatically limit speeds around schools and hospitals.

“We want to start a conversation about whether carmakers have the right or maybe even an obligation to install technology in cars that changes their driver's behaviour, to tackle things like speeding, intoxication or distraction,” says Volvo President Håkan Samuelsson.

“We don’t have a firm answer to this question, but believe we should take leadership in the discussion and be a pioneer.”

But could this be a slippery slope?

What if you were rushing someone to hospital? Or you’re busy overtaking another car when suddenly you enter a ‘speed restriction’ zone without realising it and have a head-on collision as a result.

However, controlling intoxication and distraction are two areas where Volvo is really onto something and we do hope that some progress is made in that regard.

On that note, Volvo is planning to present ideas to problem areas at a special safety event on March 20. Watch this space.


https://www.iol.co.za/motoring/indu...-top-speed-on-all-its-cars-to-180kmh-19625183
 

TrueETO

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Sies ! I guess the first stop after buying a new car would be to go and get a ECU/TCU tune done
 

deesef

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What could go wrong!!!

This must be a Marketing decision. Dumb donners
 

Fulcrum29

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What could go wrong!!!

This must be a Marketing decision. Dumb donners
They are playing the European narrative. The European Parliament have proposed to equipped all new motorcars with Intelligent Speed Assist by 2022. Volvo is gearing it in prior to this becoming law. ESA is instituted limitations by using GPS data.

Privacy concerns will obviously be debated since Europe is so strong on this.
 

rietrot

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Shouldn't change much volvo has always been a old person's safe car. They have some real nice sporty looking models in recent years, but good on them for returning to their roots. I would suggest they lower it some more. It's not like 180km/h has been tested to be safe.
 

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I thought Brave New World was about hedonism and Volvo's new stance goes against that.
Huxley's BNW has many themes. It's about how science affects our humanity. One of the key themes is freedom, technology, and restriction/confinement.
 

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Volvo to limit top speed of ALL of its vehicles from 2020

Volvo Cars has announced it will limit the top speed on all its vehicles to 180 km/h from 2020 in a bid to send a “strong signal about the dangers of speeding”.

The Swedish automaker, which earlier revealed its aim for no person to be killed or seriously injured in a new Volvo by 2020, said it realised that “technology alone” would not “get it all the way to zero”.

Broadening its scope to include a focus on “driver behaviour”, Volvo said its research had identified three “remaining concerns for safety that constitute so-called ‘gaps’ in its ambition to completely end serious injuries and fatalities in its cars, with speeding a very prominent one”.

“Volvo is a leader in safety: we always have been and we always will be,” said Håkan Samuelsson, president and chief executive of Volvo Cars.

“Because of our research, we know where the problem areas are when it comes to ending serious injuries and fatalities in our cars. And while a speed limitation is not a cure-all, it’s worth doing if we can even save one life.”

Apart from limiting top speeds, the company said it was also investigating how a combination of smart speed control and geofencing technology could automatically limit speeds around schools and hospitals.

“We want to start a conversation about whether car makers have the right or maybe even an obligation to install technology in cars that changes their driver’s behaviour, to tackle things such as speeding, intoxication or distraction,” said Samuelsson.

“We don’t have a firm answer to this question, but believe we should take leadership in the discussion and be a pioneer.”

Beyond speeding, Volvo also listed intoxication and driver distraction as major concerns.

https://www.carmag.co.za/news/volvo-to-limit-top-speed-of-all-of-its-vehicles-from-2020/
 

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There's a difference between knowing you can do something and actually doing it.
I know, but this is Volvo we are talking about. They have 'always' had these policies, though this I believe is in direct response to the European Parliament to plan ahead, to mitigate their consumers risk. Vision 2020 entails more than limiting the speed to 180 km/h, but the speed limitation is a talking point.
 

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Volvo to limit all new cars to 112mph top speed in 2020

Swedish firm says the imposed limit will be a key part of its ambition to ensure nobody is killed or injured in a new Volvo from 2020 on

Volvo will limit the top speed of all of its cars to 112mph (180km/h) from 2020. The move is motivated by the company's intention that no one should be killed or seriously injured in a new Volvo by that date, the Swedish car maker said.

In a statement, Volvo said that “technology alone will not get it all the way to zero”, adding that the firm “is now broadening its scope to include a focus on driver behaviour”. The limit will apply to all cars made from mid-2020 onwards and going on sale in 2021.

Volvo referenced the limitations of technology to prevent accidents and injuries above certain speeds, citing data from the US National Highway and Traffic Safety Administration showing that 25% of road fatalities in the US in 2017 were a result of speeding.

“Volvo is a leader in safety. We always have been and we always will be,” said Volvo boss Håkan Samuelsson. "Because of our research, we know where the problem areas are when it comes to ending serious injuries and fatalities in our cars. And while a speed limitation is not a cure-all, it’s worth doing if we can even save one life. Speed kills, and there is no reason to go beyond 112mph."

"Volvo is not a car for those who are boy racers. Our value is for people who want to protect what’s important further. We will get some questions and critics for this, but we’re sure we will gain more customers than we will lose."

The top speeds of Volvo's current models range from 118mph to 155mph.

Samuelsson said the 112mph figure had been chosen because it stille exceeded the regulations in virtually every country, bar limited stretches of the autobahn in Germany. "We decided that 112mph is the limit of what more people want to do," he said. "Outside Germany, it’s seen as a high speed. It was a process of balance: we didn’t want to scare anybody who was thinking of buying a Volvo by putting it too low. But this is a limit where nobody should need a faster car."

Samuelsson added that he hoped the move would spark an industry debate over speeds: "It’s logical to start with a brand that has safety as a core value. Let’s see how other car brands react. We are making a statement. Speed kills, and we need to encourage limitations."

Volvo is also investigating geo-fencing technology to see if it could further limit the speeds of its cars in sensitive areas, such as near schools.

“We want to start a conversation about whether car makers have the right or maybe even an obligation to install technology in cars that changes their driver’s behaviour, to tackle things like speeding, intoxication or distraction,” said Samuelsson. “We don’t have a firm answer to this question but believe we should take leadership in the discussion and be a pioneer.”

Volvo safety expert Jan Ivarsson said: “As humans, we all understand the dangers with snakes, spiders and heights. With speeds, not so much. People often drive too fast in a given traffic situation and have poor speed adaption in relation to that traffic situation and their own capabilities as a driver. We need to support better behaviour and help people realise and understand that speeding is dangerous.”

The firm has also highlighted two other external factors that contribute to fatalities: intoxication and distraction. It is looking at ways to reduce both and is expected to make further safety-related announcements at an event on the subject it is holding later this month.

Samuellson noted that the introduction of the 112mph limit would only apply to Volvo cars, and not those from Geely sister brands Polestar and Lynk & Co.

https://www.autocar.co.uk/car-news/new-cars/volvo-limit-all-new-cars-112mph-top-speed-2020
 

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“Volvo is a leader in safety. We always have been and we always will be,” said Volvo boss Håkan Samuelsson. "Because of our research, we know where the problem areas are when it comes to ending serious injuries and fatalities in our cars. And while a speed limitation is not a cure-all, it’s worth doing if we can even save one life. Speed kills, and there is no reason to go beyond 112mph."

"Volvo is not a car for those who are boy racers. Our value is for people who want to protect what’s important further. We will get some questions and critics for this, but we’re sure we will gain more customers than we will lose."

The top speeds of Volvo's current models range from 118mph to 155mph.

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What is a 'Boy Racer'? (lol)

Seems another company joining Gillette...
 
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