Volvo is making a bold statement this year, and it's not just with their new design language. By 2020, the Swedish automaker is putting a speed cap on their cars. Yes, in less than a year, most Volvo cars and crossovers will be restricted to 180 km/h.
So why has Volvo done this?
According to the company, they are 'sending a strong signal about the dangers of speeding'. Not only that, Volvo is aiming that no one is to be killed or seriously injured in any of their cars by 2020. With that, they believe that putting in a speed limiter is a start.
“People often drive too fast in a given traffic situation and have poor speed adaption in relation to that traffic situation and their own capabilities as a driver. We need to support better behavior and help people realize and understand that speeding is dangerous,” said Jan Ivarsson, one of Volvo Cars’ leading safety experts.
Volvo is even studying the prospect of what they call geofencing. In essence, geofencing is designed to rein in the vehicle's speed when it approaches a school zone, hospital, and other places that require drivers to slow down. Aside from speeding, Volvo also wants to take on the problem of driving while intoxicated, as well as the issue of distracted driving. They will present their proposals and solutions for the other two by March 20.
Now, you may have noticed we said most and not all Volvo vehicles will have their top speeds restricted. Exempt to the rule are emergency vehicles. Some examples of these include police and medical units. For as long as rapid response is required, those cars and crossovers don't get the aforementioned 180 km/h limiter.
So yes, you can still have a Volvo that can do 200 km/h or more, for as long as your job is in the field of emergency services, that is.