———————- Advertisement ———————-
Volvo is a leader when it comes to automotive safety technologies, and now it is extending that leadership further using the next generation of City Safety. The new crash prevention suite includes all of the automatic braking functions and will be featured first in the all-new XC90. Among the safety features on the three-row crossover is a system that will automatically apply the brakes if the driver attempts to turn in front of another vehicle.
The new City Safety addresses a very real problem that drivers face on a daily basis. Oftentimes a person will begin a turn, not seeing that another vehicle is coming from the opposite direction, putting them on a collision course. Volvo says that through extensive research it has determined that the auto-braking function featured in the new City Safety will reduce the number of intersection collisions, plus mitigate the severity of some accidents.
Prof. Lotta Jakobsson, who is the Senior Technical Specialist at the Volvo Cars Safety Centre, says that the XC90 and future Volvo vehicles will feature one of the most advanced crash prevention systems that is offered by any automaker as part of its standard equipment. The system not only can detect other vehicles on the road, including motorcycles, but also looks out for cyclists and pedestrians that can suddenly veer into a car’s pathway. Unlike some competing automakers’ systems, the City Safety sensors can detect potential problems during the day and at night, providing a well-rounded safety solution.
The first generation of City Safety launched back in 2008. It was able to apply a vehicle’s brakes at low speeds, paving the way for such technology to spread throughout the automotive industry. The new setup can operate at 2.5 mph all the way to the top speed on any vehicle, providing even better protection to the driver, passengers, and others on the road.