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Volvo's gift to the World

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Volvo's gift to the World

Volvo’s Gift To The World, Modern Seat Belts Have Saved Millions Of Lives

Volvo proudly proclaim that: “few people have saved as many lives as Nils Bohlin.” And they are right. Nils Bohlin is the little-known Volvo engineer who invented the V-type three-point safety belt in 1959, and saw his innovation through to universal adoption across the motor industry. His new cross-strap design made seat belts much easier to use, and much safer too. It is hard now to imagine cars without them.

2019 is the 60th anniversary of Bohlin’s breakthrough idea, and one worth celebrating. The Swedish company carved out a space in the competitive car industry by making driver and passenger safety a core part of its brand at a time when this was an afterthought for many car makers.
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AlicW93740 wrote: Welcome to ... 2020?
But in 1959 it was innovative, enough that all manufactures did the same. I guess in 50 years which ever manufactures embraces safety full self flying and all others follow suit, it would be similar.

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No 2020 innovations for Volvo, so they're celebrating 1959???
Are they also celebrating not being involved in the 2020 CIAS or being a wholly owned Chinese automaker now?
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Rob_EV wrote: No 2020 innovations for Volvo, so they're celebrating 1959???
Are they also celebrating not being involved in the 2020 CIAS or being a wholly owned Chinese automaker now?
This wasn't just a Volvo celebration - it IS a celebration for all car drivers everywhere. Imagine if Volvo had decided to keep their invention to themselves?
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Rob_EV wrote: ...
Are they also celebrating not being involved in the 2020 CIAS or being a wholly owned Chinese automaker now?
I've been attending the CIAS for many years and have to admit that Volvo participation, if there at all, has been lukewarm at the very best. And I'm talking about the years when it was Chinese (Geeley), US (Ford) and Swedish (Volvo) owned.

Maybe they should have a permanent display of their safety innovations/philosophy and just trot that out year after year Face With Tears Of Joy
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koffey wrote: But in 1959 it was innovative, enough that all manufactures did the same. I guess in 50 years which ever manufactures embraces safety full self flying and all others follow suit, it would be similar.

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I know that. What I meant was the article linked was from mid-2019.
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AlicW93740 wrote: I know that. What I meant was the article linked was from mid-2019.
That's true. I just hadn't seen it mentioned elsewhere so thought it was interesting enough to post.
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Jimbobs wrote: This wasn't just a Volvo celebration - it IS a celebration for all car drivers everywhere. Imagine if Volvo had decided to keep their invention to themselves?
The world won't be as overpopulated? :D

I kid, I kid.

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