Volvo has been a pioneer in safety innovations since the start. Keeping road users safe – both inside and outside the cab – has always been our number one priority. Discover our safety innovations over the years.
When Nils Bohlin developed the three-point seat
belt for the Volvo Amazon model, little did he realize
he would be changing automobile history. His
invention, still used 60 years later, is estimated to
have saved more than one million lives, thanks
largely to the fact that we waived our patent rights
so that the entire industry could benefit.
We have been safety testing our truck cabs since
the early 60s. With standards set far stricter than
those defined by the transport authorities at the time,
the crash-tested Volvo cab introduced a new level
of safety for trucks.
Another milestone was our safety cab
that was designed to handle tough
Swedish road conditions and tested
according to our stringent requirements.
The anti-lock braking system was introduced
to prevent the wheels of a truck to lock if the
driver brakes hard. The system allows the front
wheels to spin once again to help the driver
maintain control over the vehicle.
Reducing injuries in collisions between trucks and
cars has great impact on traffic safety. Our Front
Underrun Protection System prevents a car from
getting wedged under the truck in a collision.
To promote safer driving and help reduce traffic
fatalities we introduced the alcolock. This system
prevents drivers who are over the legal alcohol
limit from starting a vehicle.
Changing lanes in a safe way means that you need
to keep an eye on the “blind spot”. To support the
driver, we have developed a radar system that alerts
the driver if a passenger car is in the way.
An alert driver is a safer driver. Our safety research
has shown that lack of alertness is one of the major
causes of accidents among truck drivers. With this
in mind we developed a system that monitors
driving characteristics to detect drowsy or
inattentive drivers and send a warning on the
display panel if the alertness level drops.
Pulling a trailer and travelling down a steep hill
can lead to jack knifing. To help combat the danger
we designed the stretch brake. It slows the trailer
down and stretches the gap between the vehicles if
it senses a potential risk.
Rear-end collisions are very common accidents
between two trucks, causing injuries or even fatalities.
The Collision Warning with Emergency Brake system,
combining a radar and a camera, is a great help to
monitor the traffic ahead. An alarm goes off in case
of danger and in acute situations it even applies the
brakes of the truck.
The Volvo Dynamic Steering is an ultra-responsive
steering system that lessens steering force and
thereby helps reduce driver fatigue and increase
road safety. This world-first technology enables
steering with precision and directional stability,
offering a more relaxed and safer driving experience
with full control at all speeds.
Lane Keeping Assist is designed to stop trucks from
drifting out of their lane. If the truck comes too close
to the lane marking on the road, its software system
alerts the driver with a vibration on the steering
wheel and gently steers the truck towards the center
of the road.
Another important safety feature is the Passenger
Corner Camera. It’s particularly useful at intersections,
supporting the driver to see cyclists, pedestrians, or
other road users. When the driver indicates to turn,
the camera, placed on the passenger side mirror, is
When it’s dark or weather conditions are bad,
you need maximum visibility more than ever.
However, a high beam can make it difficult for
oncoming vehicles. With the adaptive high beam,
LED head lamps automatically reduce the light
directed towards other road users, but still help
the driver to see perfectly.
For those living in busy towns, quiet electric trucks
are a huge benefit. But a silent vehicle can, at the
same time, be a potential danger for other road
users. Our acoustic experts developed four
distinctive but unobtrusive sounds to make people aware of an approaching electric truck.
Every truck driver wants to be able to stay in
control, especially when the road surface proves
to be challenging. A skidding truck is truly
dangerous – both for the driver and for other
road users. Active Grip Control is our patented
technology designed to improve stability,
acceleration, and braking in slippery conditions.
In busy traffic situations, it can be difficult for even
the most experienced driver to perceive everything
around the vehicle. This system uses a dual radar on
each side of the truck to detect when other road users,
such as cyclists, enter the risk area. When you indicate
to turn, it warns you if there is someone (or something) coming up from behind or crossing your way.