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Volvo's low-speed crash avoidance system shows promise
By Insure.com staff

New evidence shows Volvo's low-speed collision avoidance system helps drivers avoid fender-benders and minor injuries, a recent report from the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety says.

The latest study on Volvo's City Safety system for S60 and XC60 models is consistent with prior research that showed promising results for Acura, Mercedes and Volvo models.

"These features are preventing common, everyday crashes caused by inattentive drivers or drivers who don't react quickly enough to emergency situations," study director Matthew Moore, the Highway Loss Data Institute's vice president, said in the report.

The Highway Loss Data Institute quantified City Safety's benefits for XC60 mid-size luxury SUVs in the United States in 2011. The new study updates the estimated benefits for XC60s and looks at initial insurance loss data for S60 mid-size luxury cars. The institute found that property damage liability claims were filed 16 percent less often for S60s than other mid-size luxury cars and 15 percent less often for XC60s than other mid-size luxury SUVs.

City Safety uses a sensor built into the windshield that detects a stopped or slower-moving vehicle ahead. If the system indicates a crash is imminent and the driver doesn't react in time, it applies the brakes before impact. The system operates at speeds up to 19 mph. City Safety has been standard on XC60 SUVs since the 2010 model year and on S60 cars since the 2011 model year.

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