According to a report by automotive research centre, Thatcham Research, the safest car in the United Kingdom is none other than the Volvo XC90.

Since the first-generation was launched in 2002, over 50,000 units of the XC90 have been sold in the UK and amazingly, no one has been killed in it for the last 16 years.

Researchers have credited this impressive statistic to the car’s early implementation of hazard detection technologies – warning drivers of impending collisions.

The second-generation XC90 went on to introduce the Autonomous Emergency Braking, which now helps apply the brakes automatically to prevent a collision from taking place.

Thatcham Research has branded the Autonomous Emergency Braking system to be the most significant addition to a car’s suite of safety systems since the invention of the safety belt; with credit also owed to Volvo Cars when they introduced the three-point safety belt in 1959 with an open patent for other car makers to emulate.

Thatcham predicts that the automatic-braking feature could save more than a hundred thousand lives from road fatalities in the next 10 years.