Volvo Cars is making its connected safety technology available to U.S. drivers as the Swedish OEM works towards its goal of improving traffic safety.
Through its partnership with Waycare Technologies, data from Volvo’s Hazard Light Alert and Slippery Road Alert features can now be anonymously shared with transportation municipalities and Waze’s navigation app. From 2021, Hazard Light Alert and Slippery Road Alert will allow certain Volvo cars to communicate with each other via a cloud-based network, alerting other Volvo drivers when the vehicle’s hazard lights are turned on or low friction is detected, and the system is connected to the internet.
First introduced in 2016 on Volvo’s 90 Series cars in Sweden and Norway, the two safety features now come as standard on all model year 2021 Volvo cars sold in the U.S. Drivers can activate the features via the infotainment screen and can deactivate them at any time.
Through the partnership, Volvo can share anonymous connected safety data for integration with other data sources – including city infrastructure, telematics, and weather forecasts. Using AI, Waycare synthesizes the data and provides operational insights and decision support to local U.S. transportation agencies. These agencies can then push these insights to public feeds to notify drivers of at-risk traffic locations.
By leveraging real-time insights from cars to alert other drivers of upcoming road hazards, which may provide drivers with time to adjust their driving behavior, Volvo and Waycare aim to improve road safety. Sharing such data in real time can provide a strong boost to overall traffic safety and can become more impactful as more cars become connected.