Volvo Cars creates mobility solutions that aim to bring back the freedom to move in a safe, sustainable and personal way.
At Volvo Cars, diversity and inclusion are essential parts of the company culture – a mindset that also permeates the company’s approach to safety and a defining reason behind the company’s leadership position in this area.
When Volvo safety engineers are working to develop the safest possible cars, they adopt a broad approach that aims to create cars that are equally safe for everyone, with focus on groups most at risk. This initiative is known as E.V.A – Equal Vehicles for All.
When a woman steps into a car to drive, she assumes she’s safe. Yet some car makers still develop cars partially based on data collected from testing with crash test dummies resembling an average male. A serious consequence of this is that women run a higher risk of getting injured in traffic than men – but not in a Volvo.
Since the 1970s, Volvo Cars’ Accident Research Team has compiled real-world data in order to understand more fully what actually happens during a collision. Men and women appear with similar levels of frequency in this data, which is why the company chose to ensure they are equally represented at the testing stage.
Through the E.V.A. initiative, Volvo Cars shares the results of more than 40 years of research with other car manufacturers. By doing so, the company hopes to make every car safer for everyone – and not just those driving a Volvo.
By collecting real-world data over many years, it’s been possible to identify what injuries arise in men, women, and children as a result of different accidents.
It is Volvo Cars’ commitment to ensure this data is used to create safer personal mobility for everyone, no matter their age or gender.