Volvo Exec Awarded Top NHTSA HonorPosted on June 16th, 2009
Jan Ivarrson receives the US Government Special Award of Appreciation for pioneering safety technology
Jan Ivarsson, Volvo’s senior manager of safety strategy and requirements, has received the US government’s special award of appreciation for his work in safety technology. The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration picks the award winner.
Ivarsson’s career at Volvo spans two decades: he has been senior manager of safety and strategy requirements since 1988. Beginning with the introduction of Volvo’s side impact protection system in 1991, he has been the project leader for many important active and passive safety features.
Most recently, Ivarsson oversaw the development of Volvo’s City Safety system, featured on the 2010 XC60 crossover vehicle. The purpose of City Safety is to prevent or mitigate low-speed collisions due to driver distraction.
The system is active at speeds up to 19 miles-per-hour. If the vehicle in front brakes suddenly and sensors in the XC60 determine a collision is likely, it pre-charges the brakes. If the driver fails to respond, the car applies the brakes automatically. If the relative speed between the two vehicles is less than nine miles-per-hour, City Safety may help the driver avoid the collision entirely.
Ivarsson sees his honor as reinforcement of Volvo’s leadership position in the field of automotive safety.
“Just a few years ago, we felt that the competition was beginning to catch up with us in the sphere of safety,” he said. “However, over the past few years we have demonstrated the sheer extent of the expertise in our company. Our new passive and active safety systems which are now being rolled out to customers are of absolute first class.”
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