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Volvo Says IIHS Study Proves Value of Volvo City Safety System

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Volvo’s City Safety suite of crash-avoidance technologies may very well make a measurable difference in crash likelihoods and outcomes, according to an IIHS study. (Image courtesy Volvo Cars of Canada.)

Volvo’s Canadian arm shared some interesting news this week. The automaker says a study by the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety showed how valuable the Volvo City Safety system can be.

In the press release, Volvo said the “IIHS study found that among all of the modern technology innovations to  help drivers avoid a crash, one system stood out among the rest in preventing collisions and injuries – Volvo’s City Safety.”

Analysts reportedly examined insurance claims data for 2011-2012 Volvo S60 sedans and 2009-2012 Volvo XC60 crossovers, comparing the results of the models equipped with City Safety to those without it. The release said analysts found “drivers are less likely to be in a crash with City Safety,” which has been standard on the XC60 since 2010 and is now standard on the S80, S60, and XC70.

Volvo Cars of Canada President and CEO Marc Engelen said, “Volvo has always been at the forefront of automotive safety and we are very proud that these advancements have been recognized to reduce collisions and casualties. We continue to innovate as technology improves in hopes that nobody will be killed or seriously injured in a Volvo by the year 2020.”

City Safety uses camera and radar-based technology to determine whether you are approaching a vehicle too quickly. If it finds you are doing just that, it will “pre-charge” and apply the brakes in order to minimize the severity of a collision, or avoid it entirely under speeds of 50 km/h (that’s 31 MPH for us non-Canadians, eh?), according to the release.

In its research, IIHS reportedly found the following:

There was a 16% lower claim frequency for property damage liability in the S60 and 15% less in the XC60. For bodily injury liability, the S60 had 18% fewer claims and the XC60 had 33% fewer claims than vehicles without the technology. Claim frequency under collision coverage was 9% lower for the S60 and 20 percent lower for the XC60.

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