Volvo Joins Safety Data Exchange Group

Volvo has joined a consortium of carmakers, service providers and national governments exploring the exchange of traffic safety data generated by cars and infrastructure.

This pan-European pilot project, run under the umbrella of a public-private partnership called the European Data Task Force, will share anonymized safety data or safety services based on that data with the pilot via a cloud-based platform. Volvo will provide real-time data from its connected safety technologies including spotting hazard light use and slippery road conditions. The car and truck manufacturer has shared data to alert drivers of nearby hazards in Sweden and Norway since 2018.

As far back as 2017, Volvo president and CEO Håkan Samuelsson promoted this project saying: “We think this type of anonymized data sharing should be done for free, for the greater good and to the wider benefit of society. It saves lives, time and taxpayer money. I call on other car makers and governments to work with us on realizing this type of data sharing as widely as possible.”

— Paul Myles is a seasoned automotive journalist based in London. Follow him on Twitter @Paulmyles_

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