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Volvo releases new key that can limit the car’s speed when someone else drives it

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Volvo has released a new product that could help reduce speeding deaths in Australia – the Volvo Care Key – which enables owners to pre-set the speed of the car before getting behind the wheel.

Speed is the number one cause of death and injuries among young Australian drivers.

The Volvo Care Key technology has been created to reduce the risk especially when the keys are handed off to friends and relatives who may not be familiar with the car or appreciate its power.

Volvo Care Key will be included as standard from now on starting with all 2021 Volvo vehicles.

It will be supplied in addition to the regular key.

Each Volvo vehicle will recognise when it is unlocked by the Volvo Care Key and automatically set the top speed set with the key.

Volvo Cars introduces Care Key as standard on all cars for safe car sharing

“In 2019, 42% of fatal crashes occurred at speeds of 100km or more,” says Greg Bosnich, Volvo Car Australia Director of Public Relations.

“Nearly 75% of these deaths involved male drivers, which indicates a higher rate of risk-taking behaviours among men, especially men between the ages of 17-25.

“Parents want to be able to share their car with friends and family, but our research shows they worry about how to ensure they are safe on the road. Volvo Care Car is a good safety solution that gives them some extra peace of mind.”

The release of the Volvo Care Key comes after the auto manufacturer decided to limit the top speed of all its cars to 180km/h from 2020.

New research conducted by Volvo revealed 47 per cent of parents worry about their teenager speeding while 52 per cent say they would like to be able to control the speed of their teenage child’s car.

“In 2019, 42% of fatal crashes occurred at speeds of 100km or more,” says Greg Bosnich, Volvo Car Australia Director of Public Relations.

“Nearly 75% of these deaths involved male drivers, which indicates a higher rate of risk-taking behaviours among men, especially men between the ages of 17-25.

“Parents want to be able to share their car with friends and family, but our research shows they worry about how to ensure they are safe on the road. Volvo Care Car is a good safety solution that gives them some extra peace of mind.”

“Volvo wants to start a conversation about whether car makers have the right, or maybe even the obligation, to install technology in cars that changes their owners’ behaviour. Now that such technology is available to use, this question becomes even more important,” Bosnich said.

“The speed limit and the Care Key are both part of that initiative and illustrate how car makers can take active responsibility for striving to achieve fewer fatalities by supporting better driver behaviour.”

Tesla has a similar feature called Valet Mode which limits the speed to 80km/h and reduces power and acceleration by 25 per cent.