For the Volvo Enthusiast

Volvo Joins Pan-European Data Sharing Project. For Safety!

Volvo is doing what it does best. Working on making cars safer.

The latest endeavour sees it joining forces with other automakers and governments in a pan-European pilot project to share the traffic data gathered by cars and by infrastructure. Then using that data to try and make roads safer for everybody.

It’s under the umbrella of a public-private partnership called the European Data Task Force. Volvo says that it “brings together some of Europe’s leading vehicle makers, service providers as well as a number of EU member states.” That includes BMW, Ford, and Mercedes, as well as The Netherlands, Spain, Finland, Germany, and Luxembourg. And even service providers like TomTom Traffic.

Volvo says that the partners will share anonymised safety data or services to the cloud. Volvo will contribute data from Hazard Light Alert and Slippery Road Alert. Features that use the stability control or hazard light activation of one car to notify one down the road of problems.

This means that cars can let each other know about dangers on the road. Which automakers can deliver through live traffic services, or through national road authorities.

“We think this type of anonymised data sharing should be done for free, for the greater good and to the wider benefit of society. It saves lives, time and taxpayer money”, said Volvo CEO Hakan Samuelsson in 2017, when the company first called for data sharing. “I call on other car makers and governments to work with us on realising this type of data sharing as widely as possible.”

“The more vehicles we have sharing safety data in real time, the safer our roads become,” said Malin Ekholm, head of the Volvo Cars Safety Centre. “That is why the European Data Task Force is such an important initiative. We hope to bring on board even more partners who share our commitment to safety.”

And then someday, your car will know before you do about the hazards around that blind bend.