Fleet World, the monthly magazine for managers of business cars and vans, has announced its annual awards – the 2008 Fleet World Honours. Volvo has been awarded the first prize in the technology category for its ‘City Safety’ low-speed collision avoidance development.
Designed to prevent accidents at speeds of under 19mph, the City Safety system is due to be launched in October, fitted as standard to the Volvo XC60.
Laser sensor technology detects vehicles up to ten metres in front of the car’s front bumper, and if the driver fails to react, then the City Safety system automatically applied the brakes to further decrease the speed of potential collision.
John Wallace, Volvo Car UK’s corporate sales and leasing manager, says: "With surveys indicating that 75 per cent of all reported collisions take place at speeds of under 18 mph, and in 50 per cent of these cases the driver has not braked at all before the collision, it’s easy to see the potential City Safety has in reducing incidents of this kind. I am delighted that the judges have recognised this."
Volvo’s City Safety was presented with the American ‘Traffic Safety Achievement Award’ at the New York Motor Show earlier this year.