Volvo has announced a new connected vehicles project that is designed to make winter driving safer, the company has been working with the Swedish Transportation Administration and the Norwegian Public Roads Administration on the project.
The company is testing vehicles on the road at the moment, that are able to share data about road conditions via a cloud based system.
The pilot is one of the first practical examples of the way communication between vehicles over the mobile network enables vehicles to ‘speak’ to each other and with the traffic environment. This can contribute to making traffic safer,” says Erik Israelsson, Project Leader Cooperative ITS (Intelligent Transport System) at Volvo Cars.
“We have 50 test cars on the roads, and next winter the fleet will grow considerably. Our aim is to make the technology available for our customers within a few years,” he adds.
When one of the vehicles detects slippery or icy road conditions, it relays the information to a ‘Volvo Cars’ database, the information is then transmitted to other vehicles, notifying them of possibly hazardous road conditions.
As well as sending the information to the driver, it is also sent to the road administrators, who can then take action to make the specific part of the road safer, and remove the ice etc.
It certainly sounds like an ambitious project, and could end up being very useful to combat icy and dangerous road conditions, and cut down on potential accidents.
Source VolvoFiled Under: Auto News, Top News