Volvo improves safety with communicating cars

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Text: / Photos: Volvo Press | posted October 30, 2012 16:40

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Volvo Car Corporation recently signed a memorandum of understanding with the members of the CAR 2 CAR Communication Consortium regarding the implementation of standardized technology for communication between cars from 2016 and onwards.

Enabling vehicles to communicate with each other and with the traffic environment opens up fantastic possibilities. Vital information can be shared and exchanged between vehicles therefore creating a safer and more comfortable driving environment.

This is why Volvo Car Corporation joined the CAR 2 CAR Communication Consortium together with other European automakers and suppliers to have a common platform for it to be operational within five years.

"In the future we will have advanced exchange of vital information between vehicles such as their position, speed, and direction," says Erik Israelsson, Project Leader Cooperative ITS (Intelligent Transport Systems) at Volvo Car Corporation.


The aim is for inter-car communication to function between all cars, irrespective of make. Communication takes place via a wireless network (similar to WLAN) and utilizes existing systems such as the GPS navigation system. CAR 2 CAR has been granted a separate frequency so that cars within a given radius are automatically linked together and can exchange information about parameters such as their position, speed and direction. The installation of transmitters in the road infrastructure, such as road signs and traffic lights, further extends the communication network.

"There is considerable potential in this area as well as opportunities for many benefits in many spheres over and above road safety, such as a more uniform flow of traffic and additional comfort for road users," relates Erik Israelsson.

A video about the benefits of the car to car communication can be seen below.

Aside from Volvo, other car manufacturers that are part of the consortium are Audi, BMW group, Daimler, Honda, MAN, Opel, Peugeot Citroen, Renault, and Volkswagen.

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