Safety is part of our soul

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

Our Safety vision (PDF, 0.176 MB) is zero accidents with Volvo Group products. We work systematically and rigorously on our own and in collaboration with other key stakeholders in society.

We’re supporting all the United Nations Development Goals, and with our zero vision we connect to the UNDG’s target to halve the number of global deaths and injuries from road traffic accidents by 2020.

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 (PDF, 5.7 MB).

Voices on safety

Anna Wrige Berling

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. 

Laurent Decoster

Laurent Decoster

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

Claes Avedal

Claes Avedal

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

Portraits

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
traffic safety

Volvo Group Safer Global Road Safety Scenarios

In the report “Global policy targets and strategies”  we have reviewed the state of the art of global road safety plans, policy frameworks, and safety benefit models. The report aims to be a source of reference for best practice and to stimulate the development of robust models of road safety progress.

Volvo Group Safer Global Road Safety Scenarios (PDF, 6.6 MB)
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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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, 5.4 MB)
Safety through awareness and training

Safety through awareness and training

The Volvo Group runs traffic and site safety programs for drivers, operators and the public all over the world. With the fast pace of today’s traffic, it is vital that as many people as possible are aware of the risks in order to avoid accidents. That’s why we run programs like Stop Look Wave and See and be Seen.

To read more about our traffic and worksite safety activities, please visit our Annual and Sustainability Report(PDF, 8.9mb)

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