Volvo Cars to have 180 kmph Speed Limit

Yogesh Sarkar

By 2020 all Volvo Cars will come with factory set speed limit of 180 kmph. According to Volvo, this is being done to ensure there are no serious injuries or fatalities in its cars by 2020.

As per National Highway and Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA, USA), about 25 per cent of all road deaths were caused by speeding in the US in 2017 and Volvo is hoping to help prevent that.

Speaking to the media, Volvo Cars - President and Chief Executive, Hakan Samuelsson said, "Volvo is a leader in safety: we always have been and we always will be. Because of our research, we know where the problem areas are when it comes to ending serious injuries and fatalities in our cars. And while a speed limitation is not a cure-all, it's worth doing if we can even save one life. We want to start a conversation about whether car makers have the right or maybe even an obligation to install technology in cars that change their driver's behaviour, to tackle things like speeding, intoxication or distraction. We don't have a firm answer to this question, but believe we should take leadership in the discussion and be a pioneer."


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I drove Jeep Escape in US a decade back. It had speed limiter of 105 mph, how much ever one tried to accelerate it beyond 105, it never went above.
Also recollect Jeep Cherokee in US, 17+ years back also had a speed 115 mph.
When I read the article, I was surprised to know that Volvo was considering it now & making a news out of it.

As behind the Indian old driver license card or book states "Driving is a privilege and not right". How many of drivers understand this statement?
When you take up for driving; one needs to care for safety of:
  1. Self
  2. Other road users
  3. Vehicle
  4. Other property [movable or non-movable]
How many of us care for this? If one pays for it then I believe we can have better roads for us to drive.
My personal experience:
Earlier a decade back, my focus was to maintain good high speed and I was getting raged if anyone overtook me.
I have changed my attitude to focus of smooth drive [sleep friendly for occupants] and maintain decent average speed.

I believe some extent on Technology and regulation is needed, else there are no deterrence. Vehicle power, kicks in and inspires for Road rage.
Even too much of Technology can cause inconvenience. For instance of Technology in detecting drowsiness: detecting drowsy driver the vehicle stops, there is no guarantee one would be SAFE. One could get REAR ENDED. Instead of Front impact it is going to be Rear Impact.