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New tech for Volvo XC60

Wrenn Sanchez

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Still not satisfied with being named by the European NCAP as the safest automobile in the world, Volvo has now equipped its XC60 with new outstanding diver assistance technology aimed at keeping the driver out of trouble.

These new safety features were designed to give the driver automatic steering assistance or support to help avoid potential collision. Volvo believes these new features will make the new XC60 one of the safest cars on the road.

“We have been working with collision avoidance systems for many years and we can see how effective they are. In Sweden alone, we have seen a decline of around 45 percent in rear-end frontal crashes thanks to our collision warning with autobrake system. With the XC60, we are determined to take the next step in reducing avoidable collisions with the addition of steering support and assistance systems,” said Malin Ekholm, senior director, Volvo Cars’ Safety Center.

City Safety has been updated to make steering engage when automatic braking alone would not help avoid a potential collision. In these instances, the car will provide steering assistance to avoid the obstacle ahead, be it vehicles, pedestrians or large animals. This steering support is active between 50-100 km/h.

Volvo Cars has also added a system called Oncoming Lane Mitigation, which helps drivers avoid collisions with vehicles in an oncoming lane. The system works by alerting a driver who wandered out of a driving lane by providing automatic steering assistance, guiding them back into their own lane and out of the path of any oncoming vehicle. The system is active between 60-140 km/h.

“All three of these new features represent clear steps in our work towards fully autonomous cars,” Ekholm added.

A Blind Spot Information System alerts drivers to the presence of vehicles in their blind spot.

Volvo has given this system an update to include steer assist functionality that helps to avoid potential collisions with vehicles in a blind spot by steering the car back into its own lane and away from danger.

“We have all of the benefits of the safety technology we introduced in our larger 90 Series cars in the new XC60. This is fully in-line with our strategic approach to develop automotive safety systems based on real-life, real-road safety. Our vision is that no one will be killed or seriously injured in a new Volvo car by the year 2020,” added Ekholm.

The XC60 will deliver a host of high-end safety systems, just like its larger 90 Series siblings, including Large Animal Detection, Run-off Road Mitigation and the semi-autonomous driver support and convenience system Pilot Assist as an option.

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