This year marks the 50th anniversary since Volvo Trucks’ Accident Research Team (ART) began to systematically gather, analyse and act upon in-depth information about real-life traffic accidents. The knowledge gained provides unique value in the development of safety systems and future vehicle designs, with the objective of making trucks and transport safer.
Volvo ART’s work focuses on improving both active and passive safety for Volvo trucks. Research into passive safety is designed to minimize the consequences of any accident, and active safety means avoiding or mitigating accidents. Understanding how traffic accidents occur, by deeply investigating actual incidents, can help prevent accidents from happening again and protect human lives.
“Every year 1.35 million people are killed globally in traffic accidents. This is something we take very seriously,” explains Anna Wrige Berling, Traffic and Product Safety Director at Volvo Trucks. “Investigations by the Accident Research Team contribute valuable insight which ultimately helps give truck drivers a safer working environment and improve traffic safety for all road users. In addition, the work supports our safety vision that there should be no accidents involving Volvo trucks.”
“Safety has been a core value at Volvo since the company was founded,” comments Anna Theander, the Accident Research Team Leader. “And in 1969 the Accident Research Team was created to investigate real-life traffic accidents. The objective was, and still is, to make traffic safer by using this information to improve future vehicle design.”
"For 50 years, the Accident Research Team has been learning from the past by investigating accident sites to feed crucial safety information to our product developers," states Anna Theander. "And looking to the future, the insights that the ART holds will continue to contribute to Volvo Trucks further work to proactively improve road safety, for traditional human driving as well as for new autonomous vehicles.”
Also, the Volvo Group has now passed the milestone of one million connected customer assets for increased sustainability, uptime and safety.
The Volvo Group has delivered more than one million connected customer assets, in terms of delivered trucks, buses, and construction equipment. The large amount of data collected is used to improve productivity by increasing vehicle and machine uptime, reducing emissions and noise, as well as improving traffic and site safety.
“The connected solutions bring increased vehicle and construction equipment uptime for our customers, better safety for drivers, operators and other road users – and of course – less emissions of carbon dioxide. The first million connected assets is only the start, we are committed to remain a leader in this field,” says Martin Lundstedt, President and CEO of the Volvo Group.
“This is a significant moment for the Volvo Group and we are happy to deliver machines that are not only robust and up for the job, but also come with connected solutions to make the customer’s everyday work easier,” said Jens Ejsing, Managing Director of Volvo Construction Equipment Denmark.
“Connectivity is transforming the transportation industry. Insights from gathered data can be turned into value for our customers and society as a whole and make transportation more productive, more sustainable and safer”, says Anna Westerberg, Senior Vice President at Volvo Group Connected Solutions.
Posted on Thursday 10th October 2019
Volvo’s 50-year ART of Safety and 1million Connected Customer assets
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