Volvo Cars has introduced new technology that can monitor and clean 95% of the air inside a vehicle’s cabin before drivers start their journey.
The company’s new Advanced Air Cleaner technology comes with a sensor that measures PM 2.5 levels inside the cabin.
Indicating the amount of fine particulate matter in the air, PM 2.5 is a widely used measure for air quality.
In China, where PM 2.5 measurements and related information services are well established, Volvo drivers can also compare air quality inside the cabin to that outside the car.
Globally, many urban areas suffer from PM 2.5 values that exceed recommended levels by the World Health Organisation, underlining the need to minimise their impact.
The technology is initially available on all V60 and V90 models that have been built since spring this year.
A synthetic fibre-based filter and ionisation blocks 95% of PM 2.5 particles out of the cabin.
Drivers of relevant Volvo models can also use the Volvo On Call smartphone app (where available) to schedule an extra cleaning of the cabin air ahead of their journey.
The app then tells drivers about the actual PM 2.5 levels inside the cabin after cleaning.