Volvo Cars has made a decision to cap the speed limit of its future vehicles in an effort to reduce serious injuries or death caused by speeding.
The company said that the top speed on all of its cars will be set to 112 mph (180 kph) beginning in 2020 with model year 2021 vehicles. While the company is working simultaneously on advanced driver assistance systems (ADAS) and automated driving options in order to use technology to reduce injuries and deaths, it is also focusing on driver behavior as part of its Vision 2020.
Volvo cited research suggesting that speeding is a very prominent cause of fatalities and injuries in cars.
“And while a speed limitation is not a cure-all, it’s worth doing if we can even save one life,” said Håkan Samuelsson, president and chief executive, Volvo Car Group.
In addition to adding a speed cap to its vehicles, the company is investigating how a combination of smart speed control and geo-fencing technology could automatically limit speeds around schools and hospitals in the future.
While millions of people get speeding tickets every year and traffic accident data from the National Highway and Traffic Safety Administration shows that 25% of all traffic fatalities in the U.S. in 2017 were caused by speeding, it still is a problem as people do not realize speeding is dangerous and that they are impaired while driving at high speeds.
Two other areas of concern Volvo is investigating include driving under the influence and driver distraction. While driving under the influence of drugs or alcohol contributes to many injuries and fatalities on the road today, driving while distracted by mobile phones or other devices is equally as dangerous.
Volvo said it will tackle these problem areas at an upcoming safety event it is conducting in Gothenburg, Sweden, on March 20.