Safety Technology

Volvo Has Built a Whole City and Track to Play Safe On

AstaZero Proving Ground is entirely dedicated to safety tech.

Along with several European governments and universities, Volvo has dedicated itself to the ambitious goal of ending road fatalities by the year 2020. As part of this effort, the company has inaugurated the AstaZero Proving Ground, a mock city and track used solely to test and develop safety technology and equipment. The 500-acre area includes a 62 acre city, complete with buildings, sidewalks, and crosswalks, along with a wide array of testing conditions.

This way, Volvo engineers can realistically examine their newly-developed systems in conditions such as traffic jams, congestion, pedestrian and wildlife crossings, in addition to various adverse weather conditions. There is also an entourage of autonomous cars driving around at all times. Is this the first step towards an ultra-safe future, or just the Swedes' idea of a very expensive Lego set?

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