As you read this, the sales of Volvo cars equipped with systems for automatic braking passed the 1 million mark – a milestone Volvo Car Group is proud of.

More than 130,000 units were sold in the United States.

Volvo Cars’ technology for automatic braking includes several world firsts: City Safety, which works at speeds up to 31 mph; Collision Warning with full auto brake; and Pedestrian and Cyclist Detection with full auto brake.

Volvo_Car_Group_Auto_Brake_2-668“Several recent reports state that our groundbreaking auto braking technologies help reduce the risk of being involved in a rear-end accident by more than 20 percent. One million Volvos with auto brake on the roads take us toward our aim that nobody should be killed or suffer serious injuries in a new Volvo car by the year 2020,” said Thomas Broberg, Senior Safety Advisor at Volvo Car Group.

According to Volvo, the efficiency of auto braking systems has been well documented:

  • The benefits of the City Safety technology – featuring automatic braking in low speed situations – were documented in a 2012 Insurance Institute for Highway Safety (IIHS) report, which stated a reduction in insurance claim frequencies.
  • In a 2012 IIHS survey of 500 U.S. Volvo owners, a majority of them liked their vehicle’s crash avoidance features and credit the technology with keeping them safe and preventing crashes.
  • The owners’ experiences also aligned with data from the Highway Loss Data Institute, which found that “the rate of property damage liability claims for Volvos with standard City Safety is lower than for other vehicles in the same class.”
  • Findings by the Swedish insurance company Folksam show City Safety reduces injuries by 64 percent for people in cars hit from behind on roads with a 50 km/h (31 mph) speed limit. In situations in which City Safety has been activated, but the crash has not been completely avoided, the injury reduction is around 40 percent.

The Swedish company has said that future Volvos will feature further improvements to existing safety systems as well as new solutions. The focuses of Volvo Car Group’s present research within auto brake technology include also making more systems efficient while driving at night. Upcoming solutions is said to also cover more objects and situations.

“With smart interaction and new advanced solutions we will continue to contribute to further helping avoid collisions from occurring. Moreover, in our most recent car models we have reduced moderate to severe injuries by two-thirds compared with the rate for the older car models. And we are working continuously on new solutions that will bring the figure down even further,” said Thomas Broberg.