Volvo will launch car-to-car communication in its top model line in Europe before the end of the year, joining Mercedes-Benz and Toyota on a shortlist of automakers offering systems that allow vehicles to exchange information, giving the driver advanced warning about poor road conditions or obstacles further ahead.
The Swedish automaker earlier this month released details on its of its cloud-based solution at the launch of the new V90 Cross Country, which it just one of the models that will offer the technology.
“All vehicles in the 90 series – the S90, V90 and XC90 -- will be equipped with it as of the end of this year,” Volvo Senior Vice President for r&d Peter Mertens told Automotive News Europe.
Mercedes announced in January that the E class would be its first series-production model with fully integrated car-to-car communication. Mercedes’ system is already active in combination with the Comand Online infotainment system and is available in 20 European markets, the U.S. and China.
Mercedes’ and Volvo’s technology differs from the system that Toyota debuted in the Crown last year in Japan. Variants of Toyota's midsize luxury sedan that are equipped with its so-called intelligent transportation system (ITS) transmit data between cars and the infrastructure using a 760-megahertz frequency.
The Crown can “talk” with similarly equipped cars as well as receive warnings sent by emergency vehicles and information about a traffic light that is about to change from the transportation infrastructure.
Slippery road ahead
Volvo’s solution, which it co-developed with Swedish telecom company Ericsson, will be able to send and receive warnings on slick roads and other hazards.
The slippery-road alert is activated based on road-friction information from the car’s steering, braking and acceleration sensors.
The other warning is activated when the hazard lights are used, giving connected motorists a pre-warning about oncoming problems or a vehicle that is stuck in a dangerous position.