Volvo Cars introduces Care Key for safe car sharing

Source: Xinhua| 2019-03-20 23:08:34|Editor: Mu Xuequan
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STOCKHOLM, March 20 (Xinhua) -- Volvo Cars said on Wednesday that the company will equip all Volvo cars from model year 2021 with Care Key, which allows any Volvo buyer to set a speed limit for themselves, their family members or friends.

In a press release on Wednesday, the company said, the Care Key allows Volvo drivers to set limitations on the car's top speed, before lending their car to other family members or to younger and inexperienced drivers such as teenagers that only just received their drivers' licence.

The launch of the Care Key follows the announcement earlier this month that Volvo Cars will limit the top speed on all its cars to 180 kph from 2020, in order to send a strong signal about the dangers of speeding.

Hakan Samuelsson, Volvo Cars' chief executive, said this month that the company wanted to start a conversation about whether car makers have the right or maybe even the obligation to install technology in cars that changes their owners' behaviour. Now that such technology is available to use, this question becomes even more important.

The speed limit and the Care Key are both part of that initiative and illustrate how car makers can take active responsibility for striving to achieve zero traffic fatalities by supporting better driver behaviour, the company said.

"We believe that a car maker has a responsibility to help improve traffic safety," said Samuelsson. "Our recently announced speed limit fits that thinking and the Care Key is another example. Many want to be able to share their car with friends and family, but are unsure about how to make sure they are safe on the road. The Care Key provides one good solution and extra peace of mind."

Beyond the potential safety benefits, features like a speed limit and the Care Key are also likely to offer Volvo drivers a financial benefit. The company is currently inviting insurance companies in several markets to conversations to offer special, favorable insurance to the Volvo community using these safety features.

The company said that specific deals and terms will depend on local market circumstances, but Volvo Cars expects to announce the first of several agreements with national insurance firms soon.

"If we can encourage and support better behaviour with technology that helps drivers stay out of trouble, that should logically also have a positive impact on insurance premiums," said Samuelsson.

Volvo Cars, acquired by Chinese automaker Geely in 2010, employs 43,000 people globally.