SCC.jpg” width=”177″ height=”122″>
Volvo’s
SCC is the result of close collaboration between Volvo Cars and its parent
company, Ford Motor Company — an excellent demonstration of cutting-edge
skills and resources available within the group

Instead of putting more airbags into a concept car, Volvo has focused on using
technology to help with driver vision both within the vehicle and externally.

Redesigned A and B-pillars help reduce, and almost eliminate, dangerous blind
spots. The ‘see through’ A-pillar framework creates an open space that, in the
past, would have been impossible to engineer.

But, with today’s engineering expertise and metallurgy, the dynamic load characteristics
are as strong as a solid A-pillar. Thanks to re-curving the B-pillar to match
the front seat back profile, side rear visibility has also been greatly improved
without reducing structural integrity.

The eye sensor automatically ‘looks’ for the driver’s eyeball. When located,
the eye sensor system automatically adjusts to the driver’s size by moving the
floor (with seat), pedals, steering wheel and center console (including gear
lever) into a comfortable driving position.

With the SCC, seat belt design is being pushed to new limits. Integrated into
the seat frame are two new design concepts: the CrissCross Belt (X4) and the
Centre Buckle (V4).

The CrissCross Belt is a conventional three-point belt supplemented with an
extending diagonal chest belt from the shoulder to the hip. The Centre Buckle
Belt is similar to the type of safety belt that was previously used in racing
and rally cars.

Volvo will demonstrate both systems at the North American International Auto
Show and attendees will be surveyed as to which design is more comfortable and
user friendly.

Superior nighttime vision is another critical aid for driver awareness.

The SCC uses light generated not by traditional headlamp bulbs but by fibre
optics. Marrying advanced computer intelligence with fiber optic light system
means that engineers can tailor light distribution to match varying road speeds.

The
Criss Cross Belt (X4) and the Center Buckle Belt are conventional three-point
belts supplemented with an extending diagonal chest belt from the shoulder
to the hip.

At low speed, the light becomes short and wide, conversely at higher speeds
the light beam narrows and becomes longer.

Volvo Personal Communicator (VPC) brings a new level of personal security using
advanced computer research and sociological concerns.

With VPC’s remote control keypad, the driver identification is verified and
allows unlocking access to the car. VPC can also be pre-programmed to transmit
travel routing and personal health information — which can be forwarded to
the Volvo On-Call Plus centre in an emergency situation. A Heartbeat Sensor
warns if someone is lurking inside the car or a child/pet was inadvertently
left inside.

The Volvo SCC is the result of close collaboration between Volvo Cars and its
parent company, Ford, and was designed at the Volvo Monitoring and Concept Center
in California.