Volvo’s cloud col­lab­o­ra­tion

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VOLVO TRUCKS head­quar­ters in Gothen­burg, Swe­den, has an­nounced the in­tro­duc­tion of a cloud-based ser­vice, Con­nected Safety, which al­lows Volvo trucks and Volvo cars to au­to­mat­i­cally alert each other to haz­ardous traf­fic sit­u­a­tions. Thanks to pi­o­neer­ing col­lab­o­ra­tion, the two in­de­pen­dent ve­hi­cle man­u­fac­tur­ers are al­low­ing their cars and trucks to share re­al­time traf­fic haz­ard in­for­ma­tion.

The pas­sen­ger-car ver­sion of Con­nected Safety was launched by Volvo Cars in 2016. With Volvo Trucks now rolling out its ver­sion, trucks and cars are able to alert each other to po­ten­tial haz­ards. This is pos­si­ble be­cause the two com­pa­nies share safety data be­tween their re­spec­tive clouds.

“Ex­panded cooperation be­tween dif­fer­ent play­ers is one of the most im­por­tant keys to im­proved road safety,” says Carl Jo­han Almqvist, traf­fic and prod­uct safety di­rec­tor at Volvo Trucks.

Con­nected Safety was de­vel­oped to send out alerts to nearby ve­hi­cles con­nected to the ser­vice when­ever a driver ac­ti­vates the ve­hi­cle’s haz­ard warn­ing lights. Volvo Trucks will ini­tially in­tro­duce Con­nected Safety on new trucks in Swe­den and Nor­way, where both Volvo Trucks and Volvo Cars ac­count for a sig­nif­i­cant pro­por­tion of new-ve­hi­cle reg­is­tra­tions.

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