A history of putting safety first

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.



        1959 – Three-point seat belt

            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.


1960 – Safety tests

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. 


           1977 – Safety cab 

                 Another milestone was our safety cab
                 that was designed to handle tough
                 Swedish road conditions and tested
                 according to our stringent requirements. 


1985 – Anti-lock braking
system (ABS)

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. 



            1996 – Front Underrun
            Protection System (FUPS)

                  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.


2005 – Alcolock

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. 


            2008 – Lane Change Support

                  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.


2008 – Driver Alert Support

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.


           2012 – Stretch brake

                 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.                      


2012 – Collision Warning with
Emergency Brake

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.


           2013 – Volvo Dynamic Steering

                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.


2018 – Volvo Dynamic Steering
with Lane Keeping Assist

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.


        2021 – Passenger corner camera

            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
            automatically activated. 


2021 – Adaptive high beam

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. 


            AVAS – Exterior sound for             electric trucks

                  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.


2022 – Active Grip Control

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. 


        2022 – Side Collision Avoidance         Support

            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.