Many of the safety systems that have been introduced into Volvo’s cars, trucks and buses over the years have been developed from the knowledge that Volvo’s accident research has gathered from actual traffic accidents. A few examples are the SIPS (Side-Impact Protection System), improved performance in frontal offset impacts and child safety equipment in passenger cars, as well as the deformable steering wheel and FUPS (Front Underrun Protection System) and ESP (Electronic Stability Program) for trucks and buses.
Reduced fatalities in recent years
The number of traffic fatalities in China was approximately 110,000 in 2003. In recent years, however, there has been a reduction to just over 100,000 – an indication that China’s intensified focus on traffic safety is beginning to bear results.
Volvo now wishes to contribute to a continued positive trend in this vital area and aims to create a centre for traffic accident research in China. The idea is that local research encompassing cars, trucks and buses will take place in cooperation with local organisations and universities, while the operation’s foundation will remain at Volvo’s headquarters in Sweden.
“We launched an accident research centre in Thailand’s capital Bangkok in 2003. The experiences we have thus far gained from that operation will now be used to quickly make this Chinese project highly efficient,” says Ingrid Skogsmo.
November 3, 2006
For further information, please contact:
Mårten Wikforss, AB Volvo, tel +46 31 661127, +46 705 591149
Christer Gustafsson, Volvo Car Corporation, tel +46 31 596525, +46 708 20 80 15