By 2020, Volvo aims to bring a host of active and passive driver aids to prevent serious injuries or deaths in all its vehicles. Just a few days before the Geneva Motor Show kicks in, Volvo has got a few more teasers to whet our appetites for the new XC60 SUV. The 2018 Volvo XC60 would come out with not just one but three driver assistance features--- one of which could autonomously drive you out of danger.
Since two out of three systems are mere updates, Volvo’s City Safety suite has been added with the new steering support feature that instinctively works alongside the automatic braking system in case it isn’t sufficient enough to prevent sudden impact. In other words, this clever technology could steer itself to thwart any possible collision ahead of time.
The latest safety feature will work when you’re driving between 50-100kph and will then increase the odds of being able to detect possible road threats such as large animal, pedestrian crossing or if another vehicle is on the way. Rather than limiting itself to a semi-autonomous cruise control system, all three assistance technologies are using the new automated steering to help the driver maintain his or her safety on the road. This new steering assistance device helps the driver avoid a crash if brakes are not enough to do the job.
Also, the steering assist technology automatically activates even if other vehicles are detected from the blind spot system. However, this function is only offered on models that have the Blind Spot Information System installed already. So if the system detects another vehicle within the XC60’s blind spot for example, it will autonomously steer on its own to return itself to the proper lane. This will prevent the SUV from bumping into another car.
The 2018 Volvo XC60 will also feature Oncoming Lane Mitigation, a new technology that helps prevent potential collision with that of any vehicle from the oncoming lane. It works by alerting the driver every time he or she steps out of the yellow line. Whenever this happens, the system automatically provides steering assistance to guide the vehicle back in its place. Again, this safety feature turns on automatically when you’re driving between 31-62 miles per hour or 50-100kph.
Other than these three new safety features, the new generation XC60 will come with the 90 Series models’ semi-autonomous driving, Large Animal Detection and Run-off Road Mitigation safety kits. Expect Volvo to also unveil a brand new look as soon as it unwraps the new XC60 at the Geneva Motor Show later this week.