The Swedish carmaker has set itself a goal of no fatalities or serious injuries in a modern Volvo product by 2020, declaring that its SPA system will help to realise this goal sooner.
“The new architecture opens up for further improvements,” Volvo’s Jan Ivarsson said.
“Seven percent of the safety cage in the original XC90 was made of hot-formed boron steel. The structure in the upcoming all-new XC90 features over 40 percent hot-formed steel, which translates into significantly improved strength but without adding mass or weight.”
Volvo says its SPA is also designed in a way that allows future advancements in electronic driver aids to be easily incorporated into a car’s design.
Rapidly advancing microprocessor, camera and sensor technology will complement existing airbag and seatbelt technology, with the SPA’s ‘smart-belt’ system designed to offer better occupant ‘retention’ before, during and after a collision.
For example, the rear-facing sensor can detect an imminent rear collision before tightening seat belts as it prepares the occupants for impact.
Volvo says its developing Car2Car and Car2Infrastructure systems along with an increasingly intelligent auto-brake system will see fully-autonomous SPA cars sooner rather than later.
Recent independent data from the Swedish Traffic Accident Data Acquisition (STRADA) show that rates of injury in ‘modern’ Volvos are around 60 percent lower than the average vehicle in Sweden, which in turn has one of the lowest injury rates in the world.