Volvo Is Serious About Safety: $1-Million Serious
Volvo has long been synonymous with safety (although it significantly upped its styling quotient of late so that it has garnered plenty of deserved attention for that, too).
One would imagine that were both of those cars moving, the City Safety collision sensing systems in each would kick in and the cars would be stopped. (Images: Volvo)
In addition to the three-point safety belt it invented in 1959—and then opened the patent so all OEMs could make the safety tech available to their customers—the company lists among its safety accomplishments:
• 1972: First rearward-facing child safety seat concept
• 1991: Side-Impact Protection System (SIPS)
• 1998: Whiplash Protection System (WHIPS)
• 1998: Inflatable Curtain airbags
• 2002: Roll-Over Protection System (ROPS)
• 2003: Blind Spot Information System (BLIS)
• 2008: City Safety collision sensing system
• 2010: Pedestrian Detection with Full Auto Brake
• 2013: Cyclist Detection
• 2014: Run-off Road Protection
• 2016: Connected Safety (Slippery Road Alert, Hazard Light Alert)
• 2019: E.V.A (Equal Vehicles for All) Initiative and data sharing
To gain attention for the more than one-million lives it estimates its safety tech has saved over the years, the vehicle manufacturer may give someone $1-million on Volvo Safety Sunday, which just happens to be February 2, the date of the Game That Shall Not Be Named.
Should a team score a safety in said game, there will be a random drawing of those who registered at the Volvo Safety Sunday site and. . . .
For those of you who may be interested in safety and a million bucks but not know what a safety in football is, according to the 2019 NFL Rulebook:
“It is a Safety:
if the offense commits a foul in its own end zone or;
when an impetus by a team sends the ball behind its own goal line, and the ball is dead in the end zone in its possession or the ball is out of bounds behind the goal line.”
There are exceptions, but that’s the fundamental.
And while that may not be particularly helpful for those among us who don’t follow the sport, as you may not be surprised to learn, it doesn’t happen very often.
A young(ish) guy that I’ve known for a number of years, a man who spent the better part of his career writing for auto buff books and who is a car racer on the side, mentioned to me that his wife has a used Lexus ES Hybrid.
While you are probably familiar with origami, the classic art of paper folding that results in things like birds that flap their wings when you pull the tail, or plot devices in one of the Blade Runner films.
According to Frank Jourdan, president, Chassis & Safety Div., Continental Contitech AG (continental-corporation.com), the high-resolution 3D flash LIDAR (HFL) technology that the company is developing for deployment in automated driving systems in the 2020+ timeframe provides an array of benefits.