The all-new, next-generation Volvo XC90 utility vehicle will incorporate new safety technologies and driver aids that include autonomous steering, among other advanced features.
We are introducing the first Volvos with autonomous steering to avoid accidents and make driving more comfortable," says Thomas Broberg, senior safety advisor at Volvo.
The technologies to be introduced in the new XC90 include:
> Road edge and barrier detection with steer assist – a feature that detects if the car is about to drive off the road and autonomously applies steering torque to bring the vehicle back on track. Being able to monitor where the physical road ends is a world first. This means that the technology also works on roads without side markings.
> Collision mitigation for animals is a world first that detects and automatically brakes for animals both in daylight and in the dark. The technology, which is designed to help the driver avoid accidents or reduce the speed of impact, will be introduced some time after the all-new XC90 arrives, as a 2015 model, by the end of 2014.
Volvo says it will demonstrate the new XC90 technologies to international media representatives this summer, along with other features that are part the company's aim to reduce the number of people killed and seriously injured in new Volvo cars to zero by 2020.
"Our approach is based on autonomously driven cars being able to move safely in environments with non-autonomous vehicles and unprotected road users," says Broberg.