While the next-generation Volvo XC90 won’t debut until late 2014, Volvo is wasting no time touting the comprehensive suite of technology that will be available on what will be its new flagship model. The exclusive technology expands on some features that are currently out in the marketplace, and when combined, make for an impressive technical display.
One of the features combines pedestrian detection at night or in darkness with auto-braking. The feature can detect other vehicles and cyclists as well. Using some of the same technology, the Swedish automaker’s collision mitigation system is a world first that can detect and brake for animals, day or night. And Volvo’s road edge and barrier detection with steering assist also takes current technology one step further. Beyond just keeping the vehicle in its lane by automatically steering, the new safety technology can perceive the physical road, and steer the car even without the aid of hash marks or lane markings. Lastly the XC90 will get adaptive cruise control with steering assist, something we’ve seen on many newer models, and a feature that can keep a car in its lane and moving with the flow of traffic.
“When the XC90 was introduced in 2002, it featured a number of groundbreaking safety features, including a world-first solution that helps prevent rollovers. By revealing a number of systems for the next generation XC90 we once again confirm our leadership in automotive safety,” said Thomas Broberg, senior safety advisor Volvo Car Group. When it debuts later next year, the Volvo XC90 will be the automaker’s most advanced vehicle, as well as its priciest.