Volvo made a bold announcement this week – to have an injury-proof car by the year 2020. Sweden’s head of traffic safety Claes Tingvall doubts the target can be achieved, but I think we all know what is important would be the increases in vehicle safety research and development and new production-worthy safety systems that Volvo will be churning out leading up to 2020.
“I think if you look into the future, we as a community will not accept that we have injuries,” says Jan Ivarsson, head of Volvo’s safety team. Ivarsson’s predecessor invented the three-point seatbelt way back in the 1950s, which is now a standard feature in all cars. Volvo also pioneered crumple zones, side airbags and rear-facing child seats, which all contribute to increased vehicle occupant safety.
In the long run, Ivarsson is of the opinion that we may even have uncrashable cars, which can automatically steer, accelerate and brake out of harm’s way in the case of an imminent car crash.