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Volvo to create crash proof car by 2020

Volvo has set itself the target of 2020 for eliminating death and any injuries in a car accident in one of its models.

The claim will help Volvo reaffirm its leading position in the automotive industry for safety as many other manufacturers can offer comparable protection.

Volvo's cars already feature crash aversion technology like blind spot elimination, ignitions that won’t start if the drive is intoxicated and sensors that can tell if the driver is falling asleep at the wheel. If a crash can't be avoided then Volvo’s will pretension the seatbelts and prime the airbags to help minimise injury.

However, in the future Volvo will be putting more emphasis on sonar and sensors to extend its "deformation zone" around the car, which is always gathering information about the car’s environment and feeding it back to the onboard computer.

This technology will allow the car to react quicker than a human by braking automatically and steering automatically to avoid a collision.

Jan Iversson, Volvo safety team leader, said: "We may all drive the ultimate vehicle, the uncrashable car.

"If you have a really long perspective, I think we will not have vehicles that will crash in the future. The people of the future won’t accept that and why should they?"

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