Technology & Motability

World Day for Assistive Technology: How Volvo uses assistive technology to empower independence & accessibility

In recognition of World Day for Assistive Technology, we celebrate the remarkable strides made in the automotive industry to enhance the driving experience for all. This day serves as a testament to the initiative and compassion that fuel innovation, making mobility more accessible and safer for individuals with disabilities.

From adaptive vehicle solutions to advanced driver-assistance systems, the industry’s integration of assistive technologies is not just about compliance with standards—it’s about moving forward together, ensuring that every journey is embarked upon with confidence and ease. As we observe this important day, let’s reflect on the role of technology in driving inclusivity and the commitment of automakers to a future where the road is open to everyone.

When it comes to automotive innovation, Volvo stands out as a pioneer, consistently advancing the boundaries of what’s possible. Renowned for its firm commitment to safety, Volvo has been integrating cutting-edge assistive technologies into its vehicles to make driving safer, more accessible, and more enjoyable for everyone. In celebration of World Assistive Technology Day, let's take a closer look at how Volvo is making a difference.

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Motability Scheme: Empowering Independence

Volvo participates in the Motability Scheme, a fantastic initiative providing mobility solutions for individuals with disabilities. This program allows eligible individuals to lease a new car, including Volvo’s fully electric models like the Volvo EX30, by exchanging their mobility allowance. This means that everyone, regardless of physical limitations, can enjoy the independence and freedom that comes with driving a state-of-the-art vehicle.

How is Volvo using assistive technology in its cars?

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The Volvo EX30, Volvo’s fully electric SUV, comes with a suite of assistive technologies designed to enhance safety and driving experience. Here are some of the key features of the 2024 model:

Safety Feature for Bikes: Alerts you before opening your door in front of a cyclist, scooter, or runner to prevent ‘dooring’ accidents, enhancing safety for all road users.

Protective Safety Tech: Showcases Volvo’s high safety standards in the EX30, ensuring maximum protection for passengers, which is crucial for Motability customers.

Smart Tech: The EX30 includes an advanced infotainment system with seamless smartphone integration and Google Assistant voice commands, making it easier for Motability users to control the car with minimal movement.

Driver-Assistance Features: Offers adaptive cruise control, lane-keep assist, and autonomous emergency braking, providing additional support and reducing the strain on Motability drivers.

360-Degree Camera with Virtual 3D View: High-definition cameras help with reversing and control, especially beneficial for Motability customers with limited mobility.

Measurement Assistance: Allows drivers to check if their cargo will fit by entering dimensions on the infotainment touchscreen, simplifying the process for Motability users who need to transport equipment or personal items.

Park Pilot Assist: Automatic parking system enhances convenience and helps you park with ease in the EX30 Ultra models, making parking less stressful for Motability drivers.

These assistive technologies reflect Volvo’s commitment to safety, sustainability, and innovation, ensuring that the EX30 is not only a compact and efficient electric vehicle but also a safe and smart choice for urban environments.

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Volvo’s 2024 line-up boasts a range of safety and assistive technologies to protect passengers and pedestrians. Here's a quick overview of key features in models like the XC90, XC60, and XC40:

  • Pilot Assist: Supports steering, acceleration, and braking on motorways, providing Motability users with enhanced driving comfort and reduced fatigue on long journeys.
  • Adaptive Cruise Control: Maintains distance from the vehicle ahead, offering Motability drivers increased safety and less stress during motorway driving.
  • Lane Keeping Aid: Helps keep the car within lane markings, assisting Motability users in maintaining safe lane discipline, especially on long drives.
  • Blind Spot Information System (BLIS): Alerts to vehicles in blind spots and assists with steering, improving safety for Motability drivers by reducing the risk of collisions.
  • Cross Traffic Alert with Auto Brake: Detects crossing vehicles when reversing and applies brakes if needed, aiding Motability users in preventing accidents while manoeuvring in tight spaces.
  • 360° Camera: Offers an overhead view for easier parking and manoeuvring, making it simpler for Motability drivers to park and navigate in confined areas.
  • Graphical Head-Up Display: Projects speed and navigation info onto the windshield, allowing Motability users to access essential information without taking their eyes off the road.
  • Voice Control: Operates climate, navigation, and media with voice commands, enabling Motability drivers to manage car functions effortlessly and safely while driving.
  • Intelligent Speed Assist (ISA): Helps stay within speed limits, supporting Motability users in maintaining legal and safe speeds.
  • Run-off Road Protection and Mitigation: Tightens safety belts and cushions seats to reduce injury risk in off-road incidents, providing Motability drivers with added protection in emergencies.

A Safer, More Accessible Future

Volvo’s dedication to assistive technology is transforming the driving experience for everyone. By making driving more accessible for people with different needs and enhancing overall road safety, Volvo is not just building cars—they’re building a safer, more inclusive future.

As we celebrate World Assistive Technology Day, let’s acknowledge the significant improvements Volvo is making in this field. Their innovative technologies not only enhance mobility for individuals with disabilities but also set a new standard for safety and convenience on the road. Here's to a future where everyone can enjoy the freedom and joy of driving, thanks to Volvo’s pioneering efforts in assistive technology.

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