Volvo set to limit all new cars to 112mph by 2020

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Yet problems on the road aren't always only due to speed so much as the nut behind the wheel who can't drive very well, a fact which Volvo safety expert Jan Ivarsson also noted in today's announcement.

Volvo did not provide any more details on limiting the top speed of the cars to 112 miles per hour (180 kph) but will present more on March 20 at a special safety event in Gothenburg, Sweden.

For a while now, Volvo has been developing technologies that will help towards its aim that no one will die or be seriously injured in a new Volvo by 2020.

"We need to talk about this problem", Volvo CEO Hakan Samuelsson toldAutomotive News Europe, referring to the areas that remain to be solved to end serious injuries and fatalities in its vehicles.

"We want to start a conversation about whether vehicle makers have the right or maybe even an obligation to install technology in cars that changes their driver's behaviour, to tackle things such as speeding, intoxication or distraction", said Samuelsson. He said Volvo does not have a firm answer to this question. The National Safety Council estimates 40,000 people were killed in traffic accidents in the US previous year. Although speed limits exist in most countries, he said that people are still exceeding those limits by a wide margin.

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"I think Volvo customers in Germany will appreciate that we're doing something about safety", he said.

Beyond that, it's looking at implementing "smart speed control" and "geofencing" measures, which would automatically restrict a car's speed when it enters zones where a pedestrian collision risk is high, such as crowded urban areas, or near schools or hospitals. "We need to support better behaviour and help people realise and understand that speeding is risky". That will prevent people from driving while distracted or intoxicated, which are the two other big factors in accidents.

By and large we at PH reckon there's still some life left in driving for driving's sake, but now Volvo has announced a compulsory speed limiter is to be fitted on all its cars from next year of 180km/h (112mph).

Auto buyers who want to drive at breakneck speeds on Germany's autobahn highways are about to lose Volvo as an option. But it predicts it will force drivers away from one of the most unsafe behaviors on the road.

Volvo says it'll reveal more about its plans to to tackle intoxication and distraction at an event in Gothenburg on March 20.

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