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Safety has been a guiding star for the Volvo Group since 1927. The ultimate goal is zero accidents with the Group’s products. To work towards this goal, systems that prevent accidents from happening in the first place and reducing the consequences if an accident does occur, are continuously developed.
The Volvo Group’s future product development focuses on active safety features and passive safety features, such as vehicle stability, visibility support, lane keeping support and body protection in the cab.
Ninety percent of all traffic accidents are caused by human factors. One of the most common causes of accidents is the lack of driver attention to the road. Finding ways of reducing the risk of accidents caused by fatigue or inattention can have a large impact. Today’s Advanced Driver Assistance Systems (ADAS) include, for example, warning systems and driver awareness support. In most cases the driver is simply warned when something is wrong.
A number of traffic safety issues can probably never be solved by product development. Working actively with information, driver education and other ways of changing behaviors will therefore be a vital part in the ongoing work to improve traffic safety.