Volvo is all set to debut its car-to-car communication technology by the end of 2016 on all its 90 series luxury cars. The Swedish carmaker joins the ranks of Mercedes-Benz and Toyota to offer the new technology on production cars.
The system allows vehicles to exchange information and give driver advanced warning about any obstacles or poor road conditions ahead. Earlier this month, Volvo released the details of the new cloud-based technology at the launch of the new V90 Cross Country and will be available only on the 90 series models.
The company said that all vehicles in the 90 series - the S90, V90, and the XC90 -- will be equipped with the technology by the end of 2016.
Mercedes-Benz had announced in January that its E-class would its first production model to be fully integrated with the car-to-car communication technology.
The system from Mercedes is already active in combination with the Comand Online infotainment system and is available in the U.S., China, and 20 European markets.
Toyota too has offered the system; however, it is different from Mercedes and Volvo's technology. The Japanese car manufacturer debuted the technology in its Crown last year in Japan.
While Volvo's and Mercedes' technology is based on cloud, Toyota uses its so-called intelligent transportation system (ITS) transmits data between cars using a 760-megahertz frequency.
The Toyota Crown can talk tosimilarly equipped technology cars and receive warnings sent by emergency vehicles and information of traffic signals as well.
Volvo's car-to-car communications co-developed with Swedish telecom company Ericssonwill be able to send and receive warnings on slick roads and other dangers or perils.