03. 06. 2007
The Volvo S80 has a woman's safety in mind
The best automotive "peace of mind" innovation since the three point seat belt is the new Personal Car Communicator on the new Volvo S80. The PCC is like having a status window for what's going on inside the car. The fob can exchange information up to 330 feet from the car, and doubles as an authentication key. With the PCC in a pocket the car doors will auto unlock upon approach, and the dash features a pushbutton ignition.
A quick glance at the PCC will show if the car doors are locked or not, but personal security is what the PCC is really all about. The PCC uses flashing lights to notify the driver that there's someone hiding in the car. Once the alarm is triggered, a heartbeat sensor can detect the biorhythms of a living body in the car.
When approaching the S80, a tap on the status button will cause the PCC to beep and vibrate if a bad guy has broken into the car and is hiding in the back seat. The idea is to secretly alert the driver and to quietly slip away to summon help without alerting the trespassers. Good job, Volvo.