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Volvo Cars announced that the new XC60 SUV will have three-new advanced driver-assistance features expected to further boost its security trademark.
The new safety features of the new XC60 aim to keep the driver out of trouble, providing automatic steering assistance or support to help avoid potential collisions.
“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.
The XC60 has an updated City Safety feature that includes steering support, which engages when automatic braking alone would not help avoid a potential collision. In such circumstances, the car will provide steering assistance to avoid the obstacle ahead.
Volvo also added the Oncoming Lane Mitigation system that helps drivers avoid collisions with vehicles in an oncoming lane. It alerts the driver who has unwittingly wandered out of a lane by providing automatic steering assistance, guiding them back into their own lane and out of the path of any oncoming vehicle. This system is active between 60-140 km/h.
The XC60’s Blind Spot Information System alerts the driver to the presence of the vehicles in their blind spot. It also has an updated steer assist functionality that avoids the driver to potential collisions with vehicles in a blind spot by steering the car back into its own lane and away from danger.
“All three of these new features represent clear steps in our work towards fully autonomous cars,” added Malin Ekholm. “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.”
The XC60 also has high-end safety systems such as Large Animal Detection, Run-off Road Mitigation, and the semi-autonomous driver support and convenience system, and Pilot Assist as an option.