Few automakers have staked the repute of their manufacturers on security fairly the best way Volvo has. Several years in the past, Volvo’s President Håkan Samuelsson introduced that the corporate was enacting a plan referred to as Vision 2020—constructing vehicles so secure that by 2020 nobody is killed or significantly injured in a brand new Volvo. On Monday, the corporate revealed the newest a part of this plan. From subsequent yr, all new Volvos (starting with the 2021 mannequin yr) will probably be restricted to 112mph (180km/h).
“Because of our research we know where the problem areas are when it comes to ending serious injuries and fatalities in our cars. And while a speed limitation is not a cure-all, it’s worth doing if we can even save one life,” Samuelsson stated in a press launch. “We want to start a conversation about whether car makers have the right or maybe even an obligation to install technology in cars that changes their driver’s behaviour, to tackle things like speeding, intoxication or distraction. We don’t have a firm answer to this question, but believe we should take leadership in the discussion and be a pioneer.”
It’s definitely a daring transfer—and the antithesis of the perennial horsepower conflict that rages between German luxurious carmakers, and even the current transfer by Tesla to extend the velocity of the Model 3 Performance to 162mph through a software program replace. But it is also not exceptional; actually, most Japanese OEMs have restricted their home market autos to 112mph for many years.