A study conducted by the Highway Loss Data Institute on accident rates proves that the collision avoidance system on the Volvo XC60 boosts vehicle safety.
The Institute released a report, stating that compared to other mid-sized luxury SUVs, the XC60 (which features a low-speed collision avoidance system named City Safety) figured in 27% fewer property damage accidents. The model also had 51% fewer bodily injury accidents.
In addition, the XC60 was 19% less likely than other Volvos to have property damage accidents. Adrian Lund, the Institute President, said that this aspect of the study removes the idea that Volvo drivers are just safer drivers than a general sampling of drivers.
An infrared laser sensor is used by City Safety to detect possible accidents at speeds from 2 to 19 mph. If the motorist doesn’t react in time, the system instantly turns on the brakes. This unit doesn’t work on speeds above 19 mph.
Lund explained that this survey implies that collision avoidance systems are effective in helping distracted motorists who aren’t aware of an impending accident. Lund said that 90% of crashes are due to driver mistakes.
He added that this is the first technology that gives the driver a jolt when there’s danger. Later in 2011, the Institute will examine the effectiveness of collision avoidance systems developed for high speeds. The Institute claims that to date, there have been no other comparable data that have been released related to this technology.