Volvo Cars and Volvo Trucks will share real-time data to expand coverage of the companies’ connected safety technology, a cloud-based system that allows vehicles to communicate with each other and alert drivers of nearby hazards.
From 2018, live and anonymised data will be shared between selected Volvo trucks sold in Sweden and Norway with the company’s own hazard-alert systems, and Volvo cars equipped with Volvo Cars’ Hazard Light Alert system.
Volvo Cars’ Hazard Light Alert technology allows an alert to be sent to all nearby Volvo cars connected to the cloud service, warning drivers to help avoid potential accidents, as soon as any equipped Volvo switches on its hazard lights,. This is particularly useful on blind corners and over the crest of hills in the road.
Volvo cars claims that this is the first time the company is sharing safety related data with another company. The collaboration with Volvo Trucks represents the first step towards achieving a critical mass of connected vehicles that could have a significant impact on overall traffic safety.
By anonymizing, validating and aggregating the data that is collected and shared, the initiative will comply with the General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) that is rolled out across the EU this year.
Source: Press Release Volvo