- Aug 1, 2006
Volvo models manufactured since 2008 causes headaches police when conducting speed checks.
The so-called "City Safety" system in the cars, a laser-based system that reveals obstacles and warns the driver or even provide braking if the driver does not react, can actually interfere with laser measurements.
The Mobile Police (UP) and the National Police Computing and materialltjeneste (PDMT) confirms the problem.
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- We have had some cases where the crew with us have been told that they have struggled to take measurements on some Volvo models, says UP chief in Troms and Finnmark Geir Marthinsen to Nordlys .
The problem is reported to the central UP, referring to PDMT for information about the case. They confirm that the security system in the cars creates bother the speed trap.
- It is true that laser based security systems in some cases fortyrre police laser measurements. What happens is that the measurement is not recorded. The laser will then give an error message, and the measurement must be repeated, says communications consultant Frank Tindvik PDMT in the newspaper.
- Not a big problem
Tindvik indicates that the problems with speed measurement on the first try, usually would be possible to measure the speed of other experiments. Moreover, he shows that there currently are very few cars that have such a laser based security system.
- It's not a big problem for us. We have many ways to measure speed, even without the laser. If the temptation to run too fast in the belief that they are 'safe', so that is not true, says Geir Marthinsen UP in the newspaper.
Do not know the problem
At importer of Volvo, Volvo Cars, the problem still unknown.
- It would be a shame if our systems interfere with police speed measurements, says PR and Corporate Communications Manager Rune Guy Berg Hansen told the newspaper.
He adds that he will investigate.
Nor does the car store car in North knows they laser problems but Volvo sales manager Tor Gunnar Pettersen told Nordlys that although this system is unique to Volvo, it comes ever new variations of similar systems from other car brands.