Safety technology has really taken off in the age of the computer car, and one of the newer technologies finding its way onto the latest luxury cars is the collision avoidance system. Such systems use radar, infrared and cameras to anticipate the event of a crash. The car can then not only warn the driver with lights and chimes but can actually apply the brakes automatically to prevent or lessen the severity of a collision.
The safety leaders at Volvo can now boast that their City Safety collision avoidance system, found on the 2010 and 2011 Volvo XC60 crossover SUVs, actually brings down the likelihood of a crash. Data from the Highway Loss Data Institute showed the XC60 to be 27% less likely to be involved in property damage events than other luxury SUVs, and 51% less likely to be involved in bodily injury crashes.
You may seek to write this off by simply saying that Volvo drivers are more cautious than say, BMW X6 drivers, but the XC60 was also 19% less likely to be involved in an accident than other Volvos. Sounds like the technology’s working. Volvo is now also offering City Safety on its 2011-12 S60 sedans, and 2012 S80 sedans and XC70 wagons.
Similar systems from Acura, Infiniti and Mercedes-Benz are found on several models, with more collision avoidance systems in the works from the world’s major automakers.