Volvo’s cloud collaboration
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.