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Safety Before Money: Volvo To Limit Car Speeds In Bid For Zero Deaths

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Volvo Cars said on Monday it will introduce a 180 km per hour (112 mph) speed limiter on all new vehicles as the Swedish automaker seeks to burnish its safety credentials and meet a pledge to eliminate passenger fatalities by 2020. While Volvo, whose XC90 flagship SUV currently has a top speed of 212 km/h, has made progress on its so-called “Vision 2020” target of zero deaths or serious injuries, Chief Executive Hakan Samuelsson said it is unlikely to meet the goal without additional measures to address driver behavior. “We’ve realized that to close the gap we have to focus more on the human factors,” Samuelsson told Reuters. Volvo did not elaborate on the data but said its passenger fatalities were already well below the industry average before the goal was announced in 2007. In addition to the speed cap, Volvo plans to deploy technology using cameras that monitor the driver’s state and attentiveness to prevent people driving while distracted or intoxicated, two other big factors in accidents, Samuelsson said. The company is also looking at lower geo-fenced speed limits to slow cars around sensitive pedestrian areas such as schools, while seeking to “start a conversation” among automakers and regulators about how technology can be used to improve safety.
 

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Great decision, Volvo. Now I just have to afford one.. :)

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Reduce speed to zero. Problem solved... 😂

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You can be just as dead at 180 kph as any other speed. Stupidity is the real thing that kills.

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We're getting mandatory speed limiters fitted to all new cars come 2021. I doff my cap to Volvo and their clever PR once more.

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Yeah, because it's only speed that kills. And only speed above 180 kph.

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 Top speed is irrelevant to the vast majority of drivers. By me, fuel economy, range and insurance costs are far more important.

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Leave it to the Socialist Swedes to come up with a ridiculous idea.  Just as the socialist left in the U.S. believes that a gun free U.S. will stop murder.  Facts are facts and greater than 95% of auto deaths occur at speeds under 112 mph.  How absurd for Volvo to think that it will help.  The fact is that it is just another delusional Socialist dream!

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5 hours ago, Bryant “Bruno” Mook said:

Leave it to the Socialist Swedes to come up with a ridiculous idea.  Just as the socialist left in the U.S. believes that a gun free U.S. will stop murder.  Facts are facts and greater than 95% of auto deaths occur at speeds under 112 mph.  How absurd for Volvo to think that it will help.  The fact is that it is just another delusional Socialist dream!

If speed demons were only endangering themselves that would be OK. They are endangering everyone on the road. They are usually the same idiots weaving in and out of law abiding citizens. Self protection is far more important than speeding. 

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