Collision Warning and Adaptive Cruise Control Reduce Crash by 42% image

An EuroFot study shows that the risk of bumping into the front car is reduced by 42% at a car that has adaptive cruise control and a collision warning system.

A total of 100 Volvo V70 and XC70 took part at the study, driven by 263 motorists and equipped with video cameras and sensors which recorded every second of every trip for 18 months. At the study carried by the European Field Operational Test on Active Safety Systems took part 28 European auto makers and organizations, including Volvo Trucks, Volvo Car Corporation, and Chalmers University of Technology.

“The analyses show that our world-leading focus on new safety and support technologies delivers results in everyday traffic conditions. Since the start of EuroFOT, we have presented a number of new systems and in addition refined already existing technologies. One example is Pedestrian Detection with Full Auto Brake, which alerts the driver and automatically brakes the car if there is a pedestrian in the road,” says Peter Mertens, Volvo senior vice president of research and development.

EuroFot analyzed five safety technologies offered on Volvo cars: collision warning, lane departure warning, adaptive cruise control, driver alertness features and blind spot detection. Until recently all these features could only be found on high-end luxury cars, but now even the entry-level compact models come with some of these safety technology features.