Volvo's Safety Car Concept (SCC).Enlarge Photo
Volvo introduced the Safety Concept Car a decade ago, and now, most of the concept's safety technology has made it into production. Not to mention, the current C30's styling was also derived from the concept.
The Safety Concept Car (SCC) was unveiled at the 2001 North American International Auto Show in Detroit, and it contained about 15 safety technologies that are now available in Volvo vehicles.
The technology that made it from concept to production includes forward collision warning (which later spawned CitySafe, pedestrian detection, and full auto brake technology), blind-spot alert, lane-departure warning, adaptive cruise control, safety cameras, headlights that look around corners, and more.
This doesn't mean Volvo was solely responsible for all this tech, or that it was the only company working on those ideas at the time. It was one of the few to build a concept car focused on safety instead of style or performance, and of course, Volvo has been known for having an emphasis on safety.