Small in size but big in safety

By | May 18, 2023

Edited by: Periklis Halatsis

Perhaps the smallest SUV we’ve ever seen, the small, purely electric new car is finally big on safety. The purely electric Volvo EX30 -which we will see in a few days- improves safety in the city. Let’s not forget that manufacturers have 96 years of pioneering and innovation in this field.

The Swedish manufacturers say: “We have been, are and will continue to be a leading force in safety and we will not lower the bar for safety in the EX30 that will drive in challenging urban environments.”
In the short video that follows we will see (and this often happens on busy city streets), a car door being accidentally opened in the path of a cyclist.

Unfortunately, similar accidents happen every day. Whether they are cyclists or motorcyclists. These incidents are called “door accidents” and in some cities account for 1/5 of all bicycle accidents. According to Cycling UK, an average of 60 people are killed or seriously injured by car doors every year in the UK alone.

To help reduce these incidents, the upcoming Volvo EX30 is equipped with Door Open Alert. The system warns the driver not to open the door because a two-wheeler is approaching.

Door open warning is one of several Safe Space Technology features fitted to the all-electric Volvo EX30, which is characterized by high safety standards.
The new model was designed to be safe in the city, with technology specifically aimed at protecting people in busy urban environments.

Åsa Haglund, Director of the Volvo Cars Safety Center, said:
“For a long time, we have focused on safety in urban environments where cars share space with pedestrians and cyclists. With the Volvo EX30, we are taking city safety to the next level, creating a small SUV that is the ideal companion for a comfortable driving experience while taking care of yourself and others on the busy streets of modern cities.”

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The smallest SUV in Volvo Cars’ history, the new EX30 builds on the company’s excellent safety expertise. Before the EX30 was designed, extensive real-world accident research was carried out.

The collected data was carefully studied. All restraint systems are state-of-the-art and were used exclusively for Volvo’s smallest SUV. The safety of both the occupants of the EX30 and those on the road is a top priority. The EX30’s structural design reflects this commitment by Volvo which reinforced the roll cage, A, B and C pillars as well as the roof.

Since it is an electric car, they focused especially on the integration of the battery. The frame and roll cage are made of various types of high-strength steel that effectively offset the impact of a potential collision.
The EX30 also includes an airbag inside the driver’s seat, designed to help reduce chest and head injuries in the event of a side impact.

However, in addition to the core passive safety standards, the Volvo EX30 also offers an advanced set of new active safety features that help protect people inside and outside the car.
But how is the driver informed before opening the door when, for example, a bicycle is approaching? Inside the EX30, there’s a new Advanced Driver Alert System as standard. In addition to detecting hands on the wheel, the car also has a special sensor that runs powerful algorithms.

It sits behind the wheel and detects eye and facial movements about 13 times per second. That way, the EX30 can understand if you’re distracted, sleepy, or distracted, even if you haven’t noticed it yourself.
Around town, the new Intersection Automatic Braking feature is designed to help you avoid accidents at intersections. Should another car in front unexpectedly cross your path, the automatic braking feature is designed to bring the EX30 to a stop and help avoid or mitigate the consequences of a collision.

On June 7, Volvo will make the world premiere of the new pure electric SUV, EX30 and, as announced on the same day, it will be available to order in selected markets.

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