Volvo’s new XC60 will au­to­mat­i­cally steer you out of trou­ble

The Philippine Star - - MOTORING -

VOLVO Philip­pines has an­nounced that the new XC60 SUV is fi­nally here in the Philip­pines. This new gen­er­a­tion XC60 will fea­ture three new ad­vanced driver as­sis­tance features aimed at keep­ing the driver out of trou­ble. This is in ad­di­tion to the beau­ti­fully sculpted body, lux­u­ri­ous in­te­ri­ors, in­tu­itively con­nected in­fo­tain­ment and a su­perb ride and drive.

The new safety features are de­signed to pro­vide the driver with au­to­matic steer­ing as­sis­tance or sup­port – when re­quired – to help avoid po­ten­tial col­li­sions. Volvo be­lieves that these new features will make the new XC60 one of the safest cars on the road.

“We have been work­ing with col­li­sion avoid­ance sys­tems for many years and we can see how ef­fec­tive they are. In Swe­den alone, we have seen a de­cline of around 45 per­cent* in rear-end frontal crashes thanks to our col­li­sion warn­ing with au­to­brake sys­tem. With the XC60 we are de­ter­mined to take the next step in re­duc­ing avoid­able col­li­sions with the ad­di­tion of steer­ing sup­port and as­sis­tance sys­tems,” said Malin Ekholm, Se­nior Di­rec­tor, Volvo Cars’ Safety Cen­ter.

City Safety has been up­dated in the XC60 to in­clude steer­ing sup­port, which en­gages when au­to­matic brak­ing alone would not help avoid a po­ten­tial col­li­sion. In such cir­cum­stances, the car will pro­vide steer­ing as­sis­tance to avoid the ob­sta­cle ahead. City Safety helps to avoid col­li­sions with ve­hi­cles, pedes­tri­ans and large an­i­mals. Steer­ing sup­port is ac­tive be­tween 50-100 km/h.

Volvo Cars has also added a sys­tem called On­com­ing Lane Mit­i­ga­tion, which helps driv­ers to avoid col­li­sions with ve­hi­cles in an on­com­ing lane.

The sys­tem works by alert­ing a driver who has un­wit­tingly wan­dered out of a driv­ing lane by pro­vid­ing au­to­matic steer­ing as­sis­tance, guid­ing them back into their own lane and out of the path of any on­com­ing ve­hi­cle. This sys­tem is ac­tive be­tween 60-140 km/h.

“All three of these new features rep­re­sent clear steps in our work to­wards fully au­ton­o­mous cars,” added Malin Ekholm.

Volvo Cars’ op­tional Blind Spot In­for­ma­tion Sys­tem, which alerts driv­ers to the pres­ence of ve­hi­cles in their blind spot, has also re­ceived an up­date to in­clude steer as­sist func­tion­al­ity that helps to avoid po­ten­tial col­li­sions with ve­hi­cles in a blind spot by steer­ing the car back into its own lane and away from dan­ger.

“We have all of the ben­e­fits of the safety tech­nol­ogy we in­tro­duced in our larger 90 Series cars in the new XC60. This is fully in­line with our strate­gic ap­proach to de­velop au­to­mo­tive safety sys­tems based on real-life, real-road safety. Our vi­sion is that no one will be killed or se­ri­ously in­jured in a new Volvo car by the year 2020,” added Malin Ekholm.

The XC60 will de­liver a host of high-end safety sys­tems, just like its larger 90 Series sib­lings, in­clud­ing Large An­i­mal De­tec­tion, Run-off Road Mit­i­ga­tion and the semi­au­tonomous driver sup­port and con­ve­nience sys­tem Pi­lot As­sist as an op­tion.

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