The Swedish firm has asked several large firms for their views on future products, including a new side airbag system in the convertible C70 and a new collision warning system which will be an option on the S80. Both will be launched next year.
Jan Ivarsson, manager of safety requirements at Volvo, said: ‘We have a strong dialogue with fleets. We listen to what they say on safety and their priorities. We are testing alcohol locks in taxi fleets in Sweden and we would consider carrying out safety tests with other fleets.’
The new C70 will have a new side airbag system as part of Volvo’s Side Impact Protection System (SIPS). The inflatable side airbag is mounted in the door and when activated is directed upwards and remains so even with the roof down.
Volvo claims it will be the safest convertible on the road when it is launched next February. The group set out its safety strategy for the next 15 years at a recent seminar held at its head office in Gothenburg.
It includes the new collision warning system with autobrake which will be an option on the S80. The system provides an audible warning two to three seconds before a vehicle is about to collide. If the driver does not stop the car, the system automatically applies the brakes.