Volvo Develops Cloud Technology, Wants to Boost Safety

According to recent reports, Volvo is innovating again by developing a system that would put certain details about your car in a cloud.

The idea may have something to do with how technology may help the company to provide more safety to its customers.

The feature would work by collecting data regarding your car’s situation in the event of a crash. Data pertaining to the location and issue would then be shared immediately with the cloud. This technology would then allow another car that is driving nearby to collect this information and learn that your car is stranded. The data would also allow the next car to know what caused your car to be involved in an accident.

The oncoming vehicle would then know just what to avoid ahead.

Volvo claims that this technology could develop a new generation of connected cars that may revolutionize the way we drive. This technology could also help to make roads everywhere safer.

So How Does Volvo’s Cloud Feature Work?

According to the reports, the car’s sensors collect data from the Volvo vehicle and transmits it to a private cloud. Once it’s set up, Volvo’s technology partner comes into the picture. Ericsson is the company that is responsible for capturing this data.

Once the cloud gathers the information, it’s then distributed to participating vehicles and drivers who may eventually be affected by the potentially risky conditions of that particular road. According to Volvo insiders, this technology could innovate the cloud system and make vehicles safer for everyone. Other companies would even be able to draw from the Volvo’s system to develop their own cloud technology. But until that happens, Volvo is working on its own technology to ensure roads are safer.

Connected car technology is now more popular than ever. And while many of the technologies that are used now are still not entirely devoted to safety, they may help companies to develop better features that would help consumers to avoid crashes.

Volvo will be using a tool that is not entirely different from the crowd-sourced traffic data service known as Waze. But differently, from Waze, the sensors used by Volvo will communicate to the cloud automatically instead of requiring users to upload the information to their phones.

Consumers who decide to use Volvo’s new cloud service will be able to opt out of it. Those who want the service will pay for it on a subscription basis. The company has indicated that consumers will first have the opportunity to use the service in Sweden and Norway, but the program may be expanded soon.

Do you think this feature could help American—and most specifically—Californian drivers?

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