All models made from 2020 onwards will be restricted to a maximum speed of 112mph


Volvo have announced that from 2020, all of their models will be restricted to a maximum speed limit of 112mph. They are the first car manufacturer’s to put a limit on all of their models and hope the move will improve road safety.

The Swedish brand says that all new cars made from 2020 onwards will have a speed limit of 112mph, with their optimistic target being that zero individuals will be killed or seriously injured in one of their cars from 2020.

Volvo, who are now owned by a Chinese company called Geely, admits their goal of having zeros casualties from 2020 is ‘one of the most ambitious safety visions in the automotive industry’.

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According to Volvo, speeding is one of the main reasons for road accidents and the inclusion of built-in speed limits could help restrict the number of deaths because of drivers travelling too fast.

The introduction means that their flagship XC90 SUV will see its current top speed slashed by 20mph on all new ones made from 2020 onwards.

It’s believed that speed limiters are to become standardised with all car manufacturers by 2022.

Earlier in the year it was confirmed that it will be compulsory for all car brands to include speed limiters in all their vehicles within the next three years.

The system, also referred to as Intelligent Speed Assistance (ISA) technology, use GPS data and traffic sign recognition cameras to rule what the speed limit is on a certain road that the car is travelling along. The ISA recognises the speed limit and automatically limits the top speed to coincide with its findings.

Drivers will however, be able to override the system by pressing hard on the throttle – it could be that you’re overtaking another vehicle who decides to speed up.

The system Volvo are using works differently, as this will electronically limit the top speed at all times to 112mph, which is still 42mph faster than the speed limit is on UK motorways.

This speed limiter will be deactivated if the vehicles are being used by the police.

“Volvo is a leader in safety: we always have been and we always will be,” said Håkan Samuelsson, president and chief executive at Volvo, adding: “Because of our research we know where the problem areas are when it comes to ending serious injuries and fatalities in our cars. And while a speed limitation is not a cure-all, it’s worth doing if we can even save one life.”

Going forward, the company is also looking into how a mixture of smart speed control and geofencing technology could automatically limit speeds in areas where there’s a school or hospital.

Volvo are also working on introducing new technology that could help to beat the two other major causes of accidents – distraction and intoxication. More information is to be revealed about this later in the month at a special safety event to be held in Gothenburg, Sweden on March 20.


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