Safety is part of our soul

Safety is part of our soul. It has been at the heart of what we do since the Volvo Group was founded almost 90 years and it is an equally vital part of our future. 

Our Safety vision is zero accidents with Volvo Group products. We work systematically and rigorously on our own and in collaboration with other key stakeholders in society. As long as people come to harm on road, off road, in the city, or out at sea we will strive towards zero accidents through high quality and innovative products that reduce the frequency of accidents and their consequences.

Voices on safety

Anna Wrige Berling

Anna, Safety Coordinator at the Advanced Technology Research, is talking about the safety features in our products and how they can protect both the driver and other road users. 

Peter Wells

Peter, Leader for the Accident Research Team, explains his and Volvos commitment to safety and the important role safety plays in the company’s development.

Laurent Decoster

Laurent, ACC and CWEB function owner, about emergency braking and how we have introduced it in to production.

Claes Avedal

Claes, working with product planning, gives his view on one of our strongest values - safety.

Safety expertise and research

Accident Research Team

Accident Research Team

Since 1969, we’ve had a team dedicated to understanding why road accidents happen. Their work helps us develop safety related improvements so that one day, we may avoid road accidents altogether.

Here’s their story
Volvo Group Safety Days

Volvo Group Safety Days

The Safety Days conference brings together road safety experts and key stakeholders representing authorities, industry, academia and NGOs in order to improve the understanding of crucial and urgent safety issues, and to debate the best way forward. 

Information and material from Safety Days
The most common accidents

The most common accidents

Road accidents happen. They can be minor, they can be severe, and they can be everything in-between. Each accident holds critical insights that can contribute to ways we can improve the road safety for all users.

The most common accidents
The Traffic Safety Column

The Traffic Safety Column

Done right we will be able to reap all the benefits that automation offers in terms of productivity and efficiency while enhancing safety.

The Traffic Safety Column
Our safety solutions
Volvo Trucks - Seat belts

Volvo Trucks

Seat belts

We invented the three-point seat belt in 1959. And gave the patent to the world. It’s saved millions of lives. And will save millions more.

A study conducted by the Swedish Transport Administration showed that of the 20 unrestrained truck drivers killed in Sweden between 2005 and 2009, 19 would have survived if they had been using their seat belts.

Seat belts save drivers’ lives. Unfortunately, only 50% of drivers use them today. So we’re doing everything we can to encourage drivers to use their seatbelt.

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Volvo Buses - Collision Warning and Emergency Braking and Lane Keeping Support

Volvo Buses

Collision Warning and Emergency Braking and Lane Keeping Support

The Collision Warning and Emergency Braking functionality is part of the Volvo Driver Support System. It also includes a Lane Keeping Support System which warns the driver if the coach is about to cross a lane marking unintentionally. The Collision Warning and Emergency Braking functionality applies full brakes to the coach if a collision with a vehicle in front is imminent and the driver doesn’t react to the initial warning.

Volvo´s Forward Collision Warning and Emergency Braking functionality is an excellent example of our proactive approach to road safety. It is able to perform full braking from normal speed towards standstill objects three years before the legal requirement comes in 2018.

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Traffic safety awareness programs

Stop Look Wave

Stop Look Wave

Every year, more than 260,000 young people under the age of 19 die in traffic accidents according to the World Health Organization. In many parts of the world children do not have access to proper training or advice on how to behave safely in traffic. This is where campaigns such as Volvo Group’s Stop Look Wave program enter the picture.

Stop Look Wave
Cyclist in traffic

See and Be Seen

Every year, road accidents destroy many lives. Too many of these accidents involve trucks and buses. And according to research, things aren’t about to get any better. Safety has been a Volvo Group priority ever since we began. We have a clear safety vision; no Volvo Group products should be involved in a traffic accident.

See and Be Seen

Other societal contribution activities

European Accident Research and Safety Report

European Accident Research and Safety Report

Volvo has studied and analysed a large number of accidents involving trucks since 1969. The information gained is one of the most important bases for the design and development of Volvo trucks. Volvo’s in-house research, along with statistics and research findings from European authorities and academics, form the basis of this report. This report will contribute to broadening our understanding of accidents involving trucks, thereby helping to reduce the risk of traffic related accidents and injuries.

European Accident Research and Safety Report (PDF, 5 MB)
Increasing safety through awareness and training

Increasing safety through awareness and training

The Volvo Group runs traffic and site safety programs for drivers and operators all over the world:

• Driver training programs run jointly with Eicher in India trained more than 30,000 drivers during 2016. This adds up to more than 196,000 drivers since the start of the program.

• Operator training run by Volvo Construction Equipment in India trained close to 1,300 operators in 2016 and the total trained since the start 2007 is above 11,600.

• The TransFORM program has been running since 2008 in Brazil and since 2009 in Peru. In total close to 3,300 drivers have been trained.

• Volvo Driver Academy is a demo training project initiated in China for drivers to drive more safely and efficiently.

• Committed since 2012 to the World Food Programme, Renault Trucks has specialists and a mobile training unit (Renault Kerax) at their disposal in different African countries which aims to train local WFP teams for heavy duty maintenance, workshop and fleet management.

Safety news

Traffic Safety for vulnerable road users

Over the course of two days in November we brought together interested parties from all over Europe to discuss traffic issues and share experiences, with a particular focus on the interaction between vulnerable road users and other traffic in ...

Volvo Trucks Safety Report focuses on vulnerable road users

The number of serious road accidents involving trucks is dropping, but the safety of vulnerable road users must be improved. And there are still far too few truck drivers who use their seat belts. These are among the findings of a new traffic safety ...

Eric works for safer traffic in China

Eric Liu is working to improve road safety awareness in China. It is a major challenge in a country where 200 000 people die in road accidents every year. “I’m proud to be involved in this important work. It’s about people’s lives,” he says....