Volvo Highlights Speed Dangers by Limiting Cars MPH

first_img Starting next year, all new Volvo cars will top out at 112 mph.The Swedish automaker hopes this change will send a “strong signal” about the dangers of speeding.“Volvo is a leader in safety: we always have been and we always will be,” CEO Håkan Samuelsson said in a statement. “Because of our research we know where the problem areas are when it comes to ending serious injuries and fatalities in our cars.AdChoices广告“And while speed limitation is not a cure-all,” he continued, “it’s worth doing if we can even save one life.”As part of Volvo Vision 2020—a plan to reduce the number of people who die or are seriously injured in road traffic accidents to zero—the company identified “gaps” in its safety protocols.Unsurprisingly, speeding is a “very prominent” one.In addition to limiting cars’ top speeds, the manufacturer is looking into how a combination of smart speed control and geofencing technology can automatically slow down vehicles near schools and hospitals.“We want to start a conversation about whether car makers have the right or maybe even an obligation to install technology in cars that changes their driver’s behavior, to tackle things like speeding, intoxication, or distraction,” Samuelsson said in a statement.“We don’t have a firm answer to this question,” he admitted, “but believe that we should take leadership in the discussion and be a pioneer.”The United States’ highest posted speed limit is 85 mph (and that’s only on one Texas state highway); global speeds, meanwhile, peak at 99 mph on some motorways in the United Arab Emirates.Still, millions of people receive speeding tickets every year. And, according to the National Highway and Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA), a quarter of all U.S. traffic fatalities in 2017 were caused by speeding.Germany, with its Autobahns, is the only country without a general speed limit on its highways.“As humans, we all understand the dangers with snakes, spiders, and heights. With speeds, not so much,” Volvo safety expert Jan Ivarsson said. “We need to support better behavior and help people realize and understand that speeding is dangerous.”More on Geek.com:Self-Driving Volvo Trucks Ready to Work the MinesVolvo’s Cars and Semis Can Now Talk to Each OtherVolvo Will Only Build Hybrids and EVs Starting in 2019 Stay on target Volvo Adds In-Car Cameras to Monitor Drunk, Distracted DriversVolvo Wants You to Skip the Super Bowl and Win a S60 Car With a Smartphone last_img read more