14:36 15 August 2012
Volvo are cashing in on the season of hayfever by announcing that their latest vehicles are perfect for sufferers of the summer condition thanks to a revolutionary air filter system.
The car maker, who has long been associated with vehicular safety, now fits all of its models with an Air Quality System and/or pollen filter as standard.
The technology uses a sensor to measure the levels and attributes of different particles in the incoming air before it reaches the driver and passengers. It can then automatically close the car's intake without any input from the driver before air levels become unhealthy. In addition to fending off pollen, it does the same for toxic carbon monoxide from the car in front.
Volvo claims that now "a driver and its passengers are protected from harmful pollen and air pollution finding their way into the cabin."
Nick Connor, Volvo's UK director, was quoted by Autoblog as saying: "Now that some warmer weather has arrived, albeit a few months late, it's worth reminding drivers that a Volvo has been designed from the outset to keep the causes of hayfever at bay whilst in the car.
"As well as the health aspects of not breathing in pollen, ozone and hydrocarbons, the safety benefits associated with a driver avoiding long bouts of sneezing, whilst driving at speed on a motorway shouldn't be underestimated."
The company went on to advise that the hours between 5am and 10am are the highest risk periods for hayfever sufferers.
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