Volvo has announced that its new XC60 SUV will feature three new advanced driver assistance features aimed at protecting the driver from potential collisions.
The three new safety features are designed to provide the driver with automatic steering assistance or support when required.
“We have been working with collision avoidance systems for many years and we can see how effective they are,” said Malin Ekholm, Senior Director, Volvo Cars’ Safety Centre.
“In Sweden alone we have seen a decline of around 45 per cent* 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.”
The carmaker’s latest vehicle will include:
- An updated version of Volvo’s City Safety technology with steering support that engages when automatic braking alone will not help to avoid a potential collision. The carmaker says the technology, which operates at speeds from 50-100 km/h, will help to avoid collisions with other vehicles, pedestrians and large animals.
- Volvo’s Oncoming Lane Mitigation system, designed to help drivers avoid collisions with vehicles in an oncoming lane. If a driver unintentionally wanders out of a driving lane, the system will steer them back into their own lane and out of the path of oncoming vehicles. The technology operates between 60 and 140 km/h.
- An updated version of Volvo’s optional Blind Spot Information System, which now includes steer assist functionality to help drivers avoid potential collisions with vehicles in the blind spot by steering the vehicle back into its own lane.
“All three of these new features represent clear steps in our work towards fully autonomous cars,” said Ekholm.
The XC60, to be unveiled at the Geneva Motor Show, will also include other Volvo safety systems such as Run-off Road Mitigation, with an option for the carmaker’s semi-autonomous driver support and convenience system Pilot Assist.
* According to Volvo, this 45% reduction relates to cars equipped with the third generation of its Collision Warning with Autobrake technology.