For Immediate Release
ROCKLEIGH, NJ -- January 8, 2001 -- There were three new car models in 2000 - and now at the start of 2001, Volvo Cars is taking a major step further into the future. The main theme of the Volvo Safety Concept Car (SCC) is "superior vision". However, the car also employs a variety of technologies that enhance personal security and improve passive safety systems. SCC thus points the way to a new dimension in research and development into car safety.
The Volvo Safety Concept Car is a vision of the developments in safety that car buyers can enjoy in the future. It is also evidence that Volvo Cars and Ford Motor Company are at the very leading edge in the development of technology for safer driving.
"With the quick pace of technological development, we are constantly gaining access to smaller yet more powerful computers, new sensors and so on. Volvo's approach is to utilise the breakthroughs in an intelligent and sensible way. We combine advanced electronics with new materials and new mechanical design solutions to create customer benefits. One example of this is the Volvo SCC and its unique enhanced all-round visibility," says Hans Gustavsson, head of purchasing and product development at Volvo Cars.
Helen Petrauskas, safety manager at the Ford Motor Company, continues:
"More than 90 percent of all important information to the driver comes in the form of visual input through the car's windows and windscreen. If we improve the quality of this visual information, we will also improve the driver's ability to make the right decisions in difficult situations, thus avoiding collisions."
Built for the eye
That is why the forward-thinking Volvo Safety Concept Car is built for the eye. Not merely in terms of aesthetic appearances and lines pleasing to the eye, but rather because the car has been designed around the driver's eye to ensure better vision and visibility.
When the driver gets into the seat, a sensor identifies the location of his or her eye. The seat then automatically adjusts to suit the position of the eye so that the driver gains the best possible field of vision. Once this is done, the floor, pedals, steering wheel and centre console including the gear lever all move to ensure that all the controls are within convenient reach.
The driver thus enjoys the best overview over what is happening both outside the car and in the instrument panel.
Number one in safety
The Volvo SCC is the result of close cooperation between Volvo Cars (appointed as the Ford Group's Center of Excellence) and the parent company, the Ford Motor Company. The car, which was designed at the Volvo Monitoring and Concept Center in California, displays advances in several research and development projects in the fields of safety and security. It clearly highlights the spearhead competence and the resources that the company has at its command.
"It is our goal to remain the world leaders in the field of automotive safety. With the SCC, we're showing that we have the resources to do just that," continues Ford's Helen Petrauskas.
The Volvo SCC has a number of additional functions that improve visibility:
Increased crash safety and personal security
In addition, the Volvo SCC features a number of exciting features in the areas of active driving safety, crash protection and personal security.
The remote control unit becomes a communication centre
The remote control unit has been developed into the Volvo Personal Communicator (VPC), and it has a number of new features:
For further information, please contact:
Bosse Handel, Volvo Car Corporation
Telephone: +46 708 20 40 64
Sara Tatchio, Ford Motor Company
Telephone: +1 313 322 7998
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