just got a major thumbs up in the safety department. Both the National Highway Traffic Safety Institute
and Insurance Institute for Highway Safety
have stated that the automaker's City Safety
technology helps reduce, and even prevent, low-speed collisions. In fact, the IIHS noted that users of City Safety wind up filing nearly 30 percent less at-fault claims.
The system, which is available on the Volvo XC60
, works by monitoring traffic in front of the vehicle. When driving at a speed of between two and 19 miles per hour, the car can apply the brakes should forward traffic suddenly do the same. When the difference in speed between your car and one in front of you is nine mph or less, the Volvo will brake quickly enough to avoid an accident. Above that threshold and you're most likely going into the car in front of you but the damage will be greatly reduced compared to an accident involving cars not utilizing the City Safety System.
We tried it out for ourselves a while back
, and our own Dan Roth escaped without putting a dent into his bosses BMW
. Check that clip out for yourself after the jump
, and be sure to read the full press releases while you're down there.