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May 07, 2018

Sharing Safety Data between cars and trucks

Volvo Cars and Volvo Trucks share live vehicle data to improve traffic safety
In an industry first, Volvo Cars and Volvo Trucks share safety data to keep roads safe. Volvo has a long-standing reputation for our focus on safety. After all, what could be more important than protecting the people driving our cars? 

It's with this in mind that Volvo Cars joined forces with Volvo Trucks to share safety-related data from both companies’ Hazard Alert systems. This is the first time Volvo Cars is sharing safety related data with another company, and together, we hope to cover more ground and keep more drivers forewarned and forearmed. 

Sharing this data with Volvo Trucks is part of our overall Connected Safety goal; to achieve a critical mass of connected vehicles that will have a significant impact on overall road traffic safety.
"Our agreement with Volvo Trucks is a first step as we strive to use safety data securely for the good of Volvo drivers and other road users," said Malin Ekholm, who is in charge of the Volvo Cars Safety Centre. 
Hazard Alert forms one part of our Connected Safety system;  a cloud-based system that lets Volvo vehicles communicate with each other in real time to share alerts about nearby hazards. When one Volvo switches on its hazard lights, an alert is sent to all connected Volvos nearby, warning drivers to look out for potential accidents. 

"Connected Safety allows Volvo drivers to virtually 'see around the corner' and avoid a critical situation or accident before it happens," said Malin Ekholm. "The ability to see further ahead and avoid hazards is something we want to share with as many drivers as possible." 

All the data collected and shared is anonymised, validated and aggregated, and complies with the General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) being rolled out across the EU this year. Volvo is committed to maintaining the privacy of customer data, as well as protecting their wellbeing.
 
Volvo Cars and Volvo Trucks share live vehicle data to improve traffic safety