Safety

Volvo Refining Pedestrian Detection Tech to Avoid Kangaroos

Volvo Refining Pedestrian Detection Tech to Avoid Kangaroos
In rural Texas, it is very common to see deer and wild hogs smeared all over the side of the road where they have run out in front of cars. It’s not uncommon to see cars destroyed sitting on the side of the road after hitting a 300-pound wild boar either.
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Jaguar Land Rover Tech Researching Potholes

Jaguar Land Rover Tech Researching Potholes
In much of the world, roads aren’t exactly in the greatest of condition. Weather, wear and aging materials end up causing potholes, divots and other road hazards for all vehicles. If you’ve ever hit a really bad pothole and blown a tire, bent a rim, or damaged some other part of your car, you know they can be costly and dangerous.
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Volvo XC90 Excellence Child Seat Concept

Volvo XC90 Excellence Child Seat Concept
As a parent, one of the most terrifying things for me is the idea that something bad might happen to my kids in a car accident. I can remember bringing my kids home from the hospital and having at least three people lecture me about not putting the car seat in the front.
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Jaguar Land Rover Shows “Transparent Pillar” Tech

Jaguar Land Rover Shows “Transparent Pillar” Tech
Earlier this year, Jaguar Land Rover introduced a concept technology called the “transparent hood” – which lets drivers see virtually through their hood to obstacles on the road below – which could be very useful in off-road applications.
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Volvo’s Robocoaster Crash Simulator

Volvo’s Robocoaster Crash Simulator
Volvo is certainly well known for emphasizing the safety of their vehicles, but part of being at the leading edge of automotive safety requires that Volvo continually improves its safety programs and testing techniques. One piece of equipment that was developed by the company was conceived by Volvo Cars’ safety expert Anders Axelson, who got the idea during a trip to an amusement park.
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Safe Drive Systems Adds Collision Avoidance Tech

Safe Drive Systems Adds Collision Avoidance Tech
Collision avoidance systems are becoming more commonplace in new cars. These systems help prevent accidents by alerting drivers when they’re going too fast to safely stop, and serve as a reminder to take evasive action before running into another car.
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Ford Transit Van Gets 15-Foot-Long Side Airbag

Ford Transit Van Gets 15-Foot-Long Side Airbag
I’ve always wondered what could be done to improve safety in large vans and buses, which have limited protection for passengers. With their new 15-passenger edition of their Transit van, Ford has added what could be the largest automotive airbag of all time.
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From the Vaults: A Stack of Volvo 140s

From the Vaults: A Stack of Volvo 140s
The Volvo 140 was the first of the iconic boxy cars to come from the Swedish car manufacturer, and also a significant milestone in the company’s ongoing obsession with safety. One of the major selling points of the car was its extremely strong roof and steel pillar construction, which would offer greater durability than the popular hardtops of its era, and protect occupants from all but the worst rollover crashes.
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2015 Ford Mustang to Provide Crash Info to 911

2015 Ford Mustang to Provide Crash Info to 911
One of the more interesting features to make its debut on the 2015 Ford Mustang is its ability to provide emergency workers with critical information about accidents, automatically gathered from the vehicle and GPS satellites. In the event of a crash, Ford’s upgraded 911 Assist system can automatically communicate information including GPS coordinates, as well as whether the crash was a front, side, rear impact and/or rollover, how fast the vehicle decelerated, as well as whether seat belts were used and if airbags were deployed.
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Volvo’s Inflatable Child Seat Concept: Deflate and Stow

Volvo’s Inflatable Child Seat Concept: Deflate and Stow
If you’ve got young children, you know how much of a pain it can be to travel with a child seat for your car. The seats are bulky, and take up valuable space in your vehicle when not in use.
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Do You Follow the “Three Cs” of Defensive Driving?

Do You Follow the “Three Cs” of Defensive Driving?
This driver safety film seems to have been created for the Bell Telephone Company sometime in the 1960s to train the drivers of Bell’s repair vehicles regarding safe driving practices. While it’s amusing to look back at these somewhat corny company videos, there are plenty of driving tips in the film that remain important today.
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Béla Barényi: The Man Behind Modern Car Safety

Béla Barényi: The Man Behind Modern Car Safety
Here in the U.S. and in Europe, we take for granted the significant advancements in automotive safety which protect us from injuries or worse when in a crash.  While many automakers will jump to take credit for safety innovations, Mercedes-Benz engineer Béla Barényi was definitely a major force behind some of the most important car safety systems we find in cars today.
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Car-to-Car Communication Moving Forward

Car-to-Car Communication Moving Forward
Today’s cars are loaded with all sorts of tech to improve vehicle safety and driving comfort, and many can also stream data and content via mobile devices. Now, the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA)  is taking steps to have vehicles start communicating with each other in order to further aid safety.
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Preparing for a Crash Test

Preparing for a Crash Test
We always assumed that crash testing vehicles involved just strapping a crash test dummy in the front seat, connecting the car to a winch, smashing it into a barrier, then inspecting the wreckage and viewing what the dummy’s sensors recorded.
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