When it comes to engineering a Volvo vehicle, safety has always been the largest focus. Since 1959, Volvo has been using innovative safety technology to save the lives of those in the vehicle and others around them on the road. Today, many of the latest safety technology comes in the form of driver assist technologies and the use of cameras and radars to monitor the road. But when you look back on the history of Volvo engineering and the commitment to safety, you can see that at one time it was a simple as a safety belt.

In 1959, Volvo engineer Nils Bohlin introduced the three-point safety belt which traveled across your midsection and your body for better protection in the event of a crash. Because the three-point safety belt worked so well, Volvo Cars waived the patent rights and allowed all automakers to adapt and include it in their vehicles, estimating that over one million lives have been saved because of it. In 1972, Volvo also invented the rearward-facing child seats for increased safety. In 1998, Volvo Cars innovated again with the inflatable side curtain, inflating in 25 thousandths of a second and protecting passengers in the event of a side collision. 2003 saw the rise of the blind spot information system, while 2008 instituted the first city safety system, using lasers to detect potential collisions. 2010 added pedestrian detection with automatic braking, and in 2016, Volvo cars added connected safety.

These are just a few of the areas that Volvo Cars have made a major difference in the safety of drivers, passengers and anyone else on the road. If you want to get familiar with all the latest features in Volvo vehicles, we welcome you to come check out our entire selection of new Volvo models at Volvo Cars Gilbert today!

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