Volvo will enable car-to-car communication in some of its new vehicles, the company has announced, allowing drivers to receive warnings about road hazards during their journey. The system will be included in Volvo's top-line 90 series, Volvo's Peter Mertens told Automotive News Europe, and will be available before the end of the year in Europe.
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The Swedish company's cloud-based system, developed in partnership with Ericsson, can warn drivers of slippery roads ahead based on feedback from steering, braking, and acceleration sensors. It will also notify nearby vehicles when another car has activated its hazard lights indicating that another driver may be in a dangerous or unexpected position on the road. The system communicates road dangers between cars, but Volvo CEO Hakan Samuelsson said that by sending data to the cloud, vehicles didn't need to have a direct link with each other. Having the data in a central place also allowed Volvo to "analyze the information and to look for the ideal distribution to other cars," Samulesson said.