A new insurance study reports that Volvo’s innovative City Safety Technology makes the XC60 a safer option than comparable vehicles.
The analysis, published by the Highway Loss Data Institute (HLDI) and the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety (IIHS), found that Volvo XC60s get into fewer low-speed crashes when compared to similar luxury SUVs.
City Safety is a standard feature on every XC60, the 2011 and 2012 S60, the 2012 S80 and the 2012 XC70.
The study examined claim frequency under property damage liability, bodily injury liability and collisions. Specific findings of the analysis included:
- Property damage claims were filed 27 percent less often for the XC60
- Injuries claims for the XC60 were filed about half as often
- Collision claims for the XC60 were 22 percent lower
- Payouts under property damage liability for the XC60 were 20 percent lower
- Overall collision losses for the XC60 were 31 percent lower
City Safety is a groundbreaking technology developed by Volvo that monitors vehicles traveling ahead through the use of a laser sensor installed in the windshield at the height of the rearview mirror. Between two and 19 mph, the brakes are automatically applied if the driver does not react in time when a car in front slows down or stops. The brakes are also automatically applied if the driver is going too fast toward a stationary object.
When the relative speed difference between the two vehicles is less than nine mph, a collision is entirely avoided. If the difference is between nine and 19 mph, the speed at impact is reduced by half, thus making a crash less severe.
Another unique Volvo feature is the available Pedestrian Detection with Full Auto Brake, a safety system that helps prevent vehicle collisions when a pedestrian unexpectedly walks into a car’s path.
Statistics show that Volvo technologies like City Safety are making the roads safer for everyone. As Volvo moves toward achieving Vision 2020, the elimination of serious automotive injuries and fatalities by the year 2020, advanced safety technologies will continue to pave the way for a crash-free future.