Volvo Reveals World-First Tech To Improve Cabin Air Quality

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Are you an allergy sufferer? A Volvo may just be the perfect car for you.

Back in the 1980s, an air conditioning system did little more than blow cooled air into your car's cabin. Things have moved along rapidly since then, with today's automatic climate control systems maintaining a consistent temperature and offering different zones to suit each occupant's specific needs. You can even talk to your car's climate control system and have it react as if asking a family member to pop open a window.

Volvo has taken things another step forward with what it claims is a world-first air quality technology in its cars, ensuring that occupants always breathe clean air inside a vehicle. Called Advanced Air Cleaner technology, the system is based around a sensor that measures PM 2.5 levels, an indicator of air quality.


Volvo claims that up to 95 percent of harmful PM 2.5 particles can be removed from the cabin due to the implementation of a synthetic fiber-based filter and ionization. PM 2.5 levels are often higher than recommended in urban spaces.

The system is equipped to all 60 and 90 Series Volvos built on the Scalable Product Architecture (SPA) platform. That would include Volvos such as the S60 sedan and XC90 SUV.

Besides the health benefits of breathing cleaner air, Volvo claims that the new technology boosts driver alertness. The system is linked to the Volvo On Call smartphone app whereby drivers can easily schedule a cleaning of the air inside the car prior to a new journey.

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"With our Advanced Air Cleaner technology, you can rest assured that the air you breathe inside your Volvo is cleaner and healthier," said Anders Lofvendahl, who is a senior technical expert dealing with cabin air quality at Volvo.

Volvo's mission for clean air quality inside its cars extends to a team of odor assessors amusingly known as The Noses. It's their job to test individual components for undesirable odor emissions. This team goes hand in hand with Volvo's careful research into appropriate material use to minimize negative effects on allergy sufferers.

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