In 2008, Volvo established Vision 2020, which has the stated goal that starting with the year 2020, no one should be killed or seriously injured in a new Volvo. “Each new car is built using the knowledge gained from its predecessors—we call this process of continuous refinement and improvement the Circle of Life,” says Thomas Broberg, director of Safety Strategy & Requirements at Volvo Cars. With the new S90, this knowledge sees huge strides including semi-autonomous technology coming standard with each vehicle and world-first safety technology that keeps animals and people safe.
See three ways this technology looks out for you in the new S90.
The S90’s semi-autonomous driving function makes driving safer and more relaxing on the highway. When activated, the car’s Pilot Assist system can accelerate, brake, and even steer at speeds up to 80 mph. Your hand may be on the wheel, but the car is doing the work. You’re not off the hook if there is something unusual in the road—you’ll have to apply steering to avoid certain situations. But while Pilot Assist doesn’t allow you to completely “check out” when driving, it provides enough support to take the stress out of a stop-and-go commute.
City Safety Technology & Large Animal Detection
The Volvo S90’s standard collision avoidance package features a radar/camera unit that will detect all manner of urban hazards, from speeding cyclists to preoccupied pedestrians. But its benefits extend well beyond the big city by helping drivers sidestep wildlife such as deer, elk, and other large animals. It’s a world-first technology that is designed to reduce the nearly 1 million deer accidents per year. Here’s how it works: A radar scan is constantly on the alert and relies on the camera to judge whether an object is an issue the driver needs to deal with. The system sounds an initial warning, and if the driver fails to react, the car will automatically brake to avoid or mitigate a potential collision. If an impact is imminent and the car is traveling faster than 18 mph, the system will batten down the hatches and tighten the front seat belts for added protection.
Run-off Road Mitigation
Single-vehicle accidents can result from things like driver fatigue or poor weather conditions that cause the vehicle to leave the road. To help shield occupants from the potentially dangerous effects of these occurrences, the Volvo S90 comes equipped with an advanced sensor system specifically designed to detect potential run-off road scenario. If a dangerous situation occurs—and the car is traveling at a speed between 40 and 86 mph—additional braking and steering support automatically kicks in. If going off course becomes unavoidable, energy-absorbing structures built into front seats can cushion the blow of a potentially hard vertical landing.