70 years of Volvo sense and sen­sors

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1944 Lam­i­nated wind­screen

TG staff lam­i­nate each other’s be­long­ings. For fun. Volvo lam­i­nates wind­screens. For safety.

1959 Three-point seat­belt

The big one. Volvo in­tro­duces seat­belt as we know it to­day in Scandi-mar­ket Ama­zons and PV544s. World not im­me­di­ately con­vinced.

1979 Wide-an­gle mir­ror

Wide-an­gle driver’s rear-view mir­ror gives a much bet­ter view of that Audi tail­gat­ing you.

1990 In­te­grated booster seat

Built-in booster seat for kids (and ex­cep­tion­ally short adults) de­buts on the 960.

1994 Side airbags

Cush­ions your body, but re­quired d a small det­o­na­tor be built into the front seats. What could pos­si­bly ly go wrong?

2001 Volvo On Call

“World’s first fully-in­te­grated and fac­tory-fit­ted SOS sys­tem” calls you an am­bu­lance af­ter a crash.

2004 BLIS

With blind-spot mon­i­tor­ing, you need never look any­where but ahead. Chi­ro­prac­tors re­joice.

2005 Driver Alert

Volvo teaches its cars to know when their driv­ers are tired. But not to tuck them in.

2012 Pedes­trian airbag

For the bloke you hit, you inat­ten­tive driver, you. Al­most cer­tainly not as com­fort­able as it sounds.

2017 Large an­i­mal de­tec­tion

Elk, moose and so on do some dam­age. Trust us. Volvo tech helps you avoid gamey death.

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