The next step in advancing safety
Everything we do starts with safety. And autonomous drive technology will be an important step towards further safety improvements, so we are very enthusiastic about the possibilities. Our engineers are busily working towards introducing fully autonomous cars in a few years from now.
Safety is at the core of everything we do
Since our inception in 1927, we have earned a reputation as one of the leaders in automotive safety. We introduced numerous world-firsts in the area of automotive safety, most famously the three-point safety belt. In recent years, we have been a leader in active safety technology, including our award-winning City Safety system, standard on all Volvos.
Our latest generation of cars, based on the Scalable Product Architecture (SPA), are full of industry-leading safety technologies which push us further towards our industry-leading safety vision: no one should be killed or seriously injured in a new Volvo by 2020.
Autonomy: the next frontier
The next frontier in safety advancements will come with the introduction of autonomous driving technology, which offers an opportunity to radically improve traffic safety. By the middle of the next decade we expect to generate a third of annual sales from autonomous cars.
In the fall of 2018, we revealed the 360c concept, a holistic view of a future of travel that is autonomous, electric, connected and safe. Beyond new potential customer groups for our business, the 360c also carries implications for traffic safety, city planning, infrastructure and modern society’s environmental footprint.
To make this future vision a reality, we have a number of smart partnerships in the area of autonomous technology development. For example, we run a joint venture company together with Veoneer, named Zenuity, which develops both the next generation of driver assistance software as well as software for autonomous cars.
We also work closely together with Luminar, a California-based start-up, on developing advanced perception technology for use in autonomous cars. LiDAR technology, which uses pulsed laser signals to detect objects, is a crucial element in creating safe autonomous cars. It allows autonomous cars to navigate safely in complex traffic environments and at higher speeds by providing these cars with reliable long-range perception capabilities.
Finally, we have agreements with leading tech firms such as Uber for developing and supplying autonomous-capable cars that can be used in fleets of robotaxis.
The ongoing development of LiDAR technology, which uses pulsed laser signals to detect objects, is a crucial element in creating safe autonomous cars.
The new perception capabilities being developed by Luminar in partnership with Volvo Cars make it possible for the system to detect human poses including individual limbs such as arms and legs, a level of detail not previously possible with this type of sensor.
It allows autonomous cars to navigate safely in complex traffic environments and at higher speeds by providing these cars with reliable long-range perception capabilities.
A future with autonomy: trusted and safe
Recent consumer surveys show that Volvo is the car maker most trusted to safely introduce autonomy. We are not surprised, because we always put safety first. Always have, always will. It will take a few more years to introduce fully autonomous cars. But when that time is here, you can be sure that any autonomous car from Volvo will be safe.