Your Future Volvo May Warn of Slippery Roads | Edmunds

Your Future Volvo May Warn of Slippery Roads


Just the Facts:
  • Volvo is working on a cloud-based communication system that could debut in just a few years and enable your vehicle to warn other drivers about slippery roads ahead.
  • When the Volvo detects an icy or slippery road patch, the information is transmitted to Volvo Cars' database via the mobile phone network.
  • An instant warning is transmitted to other Volvo vehicles that are approaching the slippery area.

ROCKLEIGH, New Jersey Volvo is working on a cloud-based communication system that could debut in just a few years and enable your vehicle to warn other drivers about slippery roads ahead.

When the Volvo detects an icy or slippery road patch, the information is transmitted to Volvo Cars' database via the mobile phone network.

An instant warning is transmitted to other Volvo vehicles that are approaching the slippery area. A slippery road warning on the instrument cluster alerts the driver.

Volvo has 50 test cars on the road and says next winter the fleet will "grow considerably." The slippery road warning is the first safety feature in the Volvo cloud.

"Our aim is to make the technology available for our customers within a few years," said Erik Israelsson, project leader, cooperative ITS (Intelligent Transport System) at Volvo Cars, in a statement on Wednesday.

Volvo said information could also be sent to road maintenance crews to help them identify trouble spots quickly. But the automaker took pains to say the information shared with local municipalities "will not include data of unique vehicles."

Pricing on such a feature was not announced.

Edmunds says: This Volvo cloud-based system is a tiny part of upcoming vehicle-to-vehicle communications systems.

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