Volvo to Standardize “Care Key” Speed Limiter
Volvo Car Corp. plans to provide its new “Care Key” device, which allows users to limit the top speed of their vehicle, with all its cars starting in the 2021-model year.
Volvo says it is working with insurance companies to develop reduced rates for vehicles equipped with the technology. The carmaker envisions the system being especially useful for the parents of teenage drivers.
The Care Key system is the second speed-limiting initiative Volvo is implementing. Earlier this month, the carmaker said all its future models—excluding its high-performance Polestar brand—will be restricted to speeds of 180 kph (112 mph) or less. The top speed of current Volvo vehicles ranges from about 120 mph to 155 mph.
To know that 3,000 cars have been delivered since October 2015 would undoubtedly result in a shrug: in 2017 Toyota delivered 387,081 Camrys, so that 3,000 is less than one percent, and this is in one year, not just over two.
While at the Tokyo Motor Show this week various vehicle manufacturers were showing off all manner of cars and crossovers and transportation devices that typically had to do with something autonomous, connected and/or electrified (ACE, as CAR’s Brett Smith categorizes this burgeoning field), the guys from Chevy were in El Segundo, California, showing off a different take on what can best be described as “toys for boys”—boys who do or don’t have driver’s licenses.
Although all OEMs and suppliers do their utmost best to assure nothing but top-notch quality is achieved for their vehicles and systems, sometimes things simply go wrong because, well, that’s just how the Universe is.