Volvo to introduce new safety features

Autonomous driving features to be introduced in 2015 Volvo XC90

Published: July 8, 2013, 1:00 AM
Updated: April 29, 2018, 3:08 PM

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:

"> Adaptive Cruise Control with steer assist – a technology that helps the driver stay in the lane and follow the rhythm of the traffic. The new system automatically follows the vehicle ahead.

> 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.

> Pedestrian Detection in darkness - a world first that makes the detection and auto brake technology work effectively also when driving in darkness. The technology includes detection and auto brake for other vehicles, pedestrians and cyclists.

> 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.

Things like:

> Car 2 Car communication, which enables vehicles to communicate with each other and with the traffic environment. Vital information can be shared and exchanged to help create a safer and more comfortable drive. The technology is based on communication between transmitters in vehicles and the road infrastructure, such as road signs and traffic lights.

> Autonomous Parking is a Volvo concept technology that allows a car to find and park in a vacant space by itself, allowing the driver to leave the vehicle at the entrance to the car park. Combining autonomous driving with detection and auto brake for other objects makes it possible for the car to interact safely with other cars and pedestrians in the car park. The speed and braking are adapted for smooth integration in the parking environment.

"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.