Swedish car maker Volvo, on Monday 4 March, announced that it will limit the top speed of all its vehicles to 112 mph (180 kmph) as the company looks towards its goal where no one is seriously injured or killed in a Volvo vehicle by 2020.
The new speed limit will be implemented on all Volvo model year 2021 cars, The Verge quoted the company as saying.
According to an official statement, Volvo referenced the limitations of technology to prevent accidents and injuries above certain speeds citing data from the US National Highway and Traffic Safety Administration which shows the 25 percent of road fatalities in the US in 2017 came from over-speeding.
"Because of our research, we know where the problem areas are when it comes to ending serious injuries and fatalities in our cars. And while a speed limitation is not a cure-all, it’s worth doing if we can even save one life,” Volvo CEO was quoted by Autocrat as saying.
Current top speed of Volvo cars ranges from 190 km/h to 250 km/h.
The company is also reported to be testing new geo-fencing technology to see if it could further limit the speeds of its cars in sensitive areas like around schools.