Continued from Friday's Kaufman Law blog post, the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety recently released a study on the top nine vehicles with zero deaths per one million registered users. The study was performed in 2011 and compared its results to vehicle death rates over several years prior. In fact, eight years ago, no single vehicle (even the ones that are featured in the article) had zero deaths whatsoever per million registered users to speak of. Improved safety technology and vehicle designs are largely to credit for the overall safety boost in not only these featured top nine models, but also most every other car in the American market. Let's look at another top safety vehicle from a make that has always been known for putting safety first:
When the Volvo name is mentioned in conversation, usually the first thing that comes to mind is the safety reputation that these vehicles have held for decades. Over the last several years, Volvo has also been competing in the luxury car market in terms of looks-with new sleek designs and LED lights, to name a few highlighted features. The so-called "IntelliSafe" is the safety technology that the company uses on all of their models, with a mission statement of "No one will be seriously injured or killed in a new Volvo by 2020". Here are the six main impressive safety features of all new Volvos that contribute to the prevention of collisions and personal injury:
1. Adaptive cruising: Keeps the driver at a specific distance away from the car in front to prevent following too closely and a subsequent rear-end collision.
2. 360 degree camera: Gives the driver a "birds-eye-view" of the entire vehicle so that you see your surroundings on a big picture level.
3. Active high beam: Senses obstacles close to your vehicle, such as other vehicles, pedestrians, motorcycles, and bicycles.
4. Park assist pilot: An application that is activated on the vehicle that enables the car to steer itself into a parking space for the driver-hands free.
5. Blind spot information: Alerts you when changing lanes if there are any cars that you do not see in your blind spots.
6. Keeping in your lane: The "Lane Keeping Aid" is activated automatically if the vehicle starts to drift out of the lane that it is currently in, and vibrates the driver as an alert.
With safety innovations such as these, it's hard to argue with Volvo's mission statement.
See the full article at AJC's online newspaper. Come back tomorrow for chapter three of the top nine safety vehicles in America!