Volvo Trucks’ Accident Research Team (ART) has been analysing data from traffic accidents for 50 years. Insights from that analysis have led the company to research and develop a wide range of safety solutions and have informed the company’s design of current and future models. ART’s approach is unique because rather than relying solely on crash tests, the team studies real-life accidents to find a cause and work to prevent them from happening again in the future. Volvo describes it as a “network of safety experts” that “create and share unique insights” and use “data analysis of national and regional traffic statistics to gain even deeper understanding.”
“Every year 1.35 million people are killed globally in traffic accidents. This is something we take very seriously,” says Anna Wrige Berling, Traffic and Product Safety director at Volvo Trucks. “Investigations by the Accident Research Team contribute valuable insight which ultimately helps give truck drivers a safer working environment and improve traffic safety for all road users. In addition, the work supports our safety vision that there should be no accidents involving Volvo trucks.”
The Past Informs The Future
Since 1969, ART has been providing valuable insights to Volvo’s product development teams, and it will continue to be a valuable resource in the future as new vehicle technologies are introduced. “For 50 years, the Accident Research Team has been learning from the past by investigating accident sites to feed crucial safety information to our product developers,” says Anna Theander, Accident Research Team leader. “And looking to the future, the insights that the ART holds will continue to contribute to Volvo Trucks further work to proactively improve road safety, for traditional human driving as well as for new autonomous vehicles.”
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