Volvo XC90 to include futuristic safety features

Volvo Car Group has just released a new selection of safety features and support technologies  that it has no-doubt been working on tirelessly. These will be included in the Volvo XC90 at the end of 2014.

One of these state-of-the-art technologies is autonomous steering.

This will be the first model to possess such steering - a feature, according to Thomas Broberg, Volvo Car Group's senior safety advisor, that will render these vehicles able to "avoid accidents and make driving more comfortable".

Other futuristic technologies being introduced in the all-new Volvo XC90 include pedestrian detection in darkness, road edge and barrier detection (with steer assist), adaptive cruise control (which automatically follows the vehicle ahead) and even collision mitigation for animals!

The pedestrian detection in darkness feature is a world first. It gets detection and auto-brake technology to work not only in tandem, but also in the dark.

This auto-brake technology can either precharge a vehicle's brakes when a collision appears imminent or apply the brakes to help slow the vehicle down without the driver having to do anything at all.

In the Volvo XC90, this technology will be able to detect and auto-brake for other vehicles, pedestrians and even cyclists.

The road edge and barrier detection feature can sense when the vehicle is about to leave the road and "autonomously applies steering torque to bring the vehicle back on track".

"When the first XC90 was introduced in 2002, it featured a number of groundbreaking safety features, including a world-first solution that helps prevent rollovers," said Mr Broberg.

"By revealing a number of systems for the next generation XC90 we once again confirm our leadership in automotive safety."

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