Continental’s rear-end collision prevention safety system, which was recently demonstrated on the Volvo XC60, will be fitted as standard on the vehicle when it is launched this October. The safety system was honoured this week when it took top spot in the technology section of the Fleet World Honours Awards.
Chairman of Judges George Emmerson said: “Volvo’s commitment to researching and developing groundbreaking technologies has led to a number of safety milestones. City Safety is among the cleverest so far, predicting when low-speed accidents will happen and preventing them from occurring. City Safety will offer fleets financial, operational and social benefits that deserve recognition.”
Designed for use in busy, city-centre traffic, the system utilizes laser sensor technology to detect vehicles in the 10 metres in front of the car. If this gap closes, and the driver doesn’t react, the system applies the brakes automatically.
Volvo Car UK’s corporate sales and leasing manager, John Wallace, commented on the award, “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. As well as these safety benefits it also offers significant operational improvements, which is good news for businesses, and I am delighted that the judges have recognised this.”