• Next-generation Volvo XC90 to flaunt new safety features

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    VOLVO Cars said it will reveal “a number of user-friendly safety and support technologies” when it launches the all-new Volvo XC90 at the end of 2014.

    “We are introducing the first Volvos with autonomous steering to avoid accidents and make driving more comfortable,” said Volvo Car Group Senior Safety Advisor Thomas Broberg.

    Volvo said the new technologies in the upcoming XC90 include pedestrian detection designed for darkness that includes auto brake for other vehicles, pedestrians and cyclists; road edge and barrier detection with steer assist that determines if the car is about to drive off the road and autonomously applies steering torque to bring the vehicle back on track; and adaptive cruise control with steer assist that helps the driver stay in the lane and follow the rhythm of the traffic. The new system automatically follows the vehicle ahead.

    “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. By revealing a number of systems for the next generation XC90 we once again confirm our leadership in automotive safety,” Broberg said.

    Volvo said that collision mitigation for animals, which is designed to help the driver avoid accidents or reduce the speed of impact, will be introduced after the arrival of the new XC90.

    The carmaker said the new technologies are part of its continuous aim to bring the number of people killed and seriously injured in new Volvo cars down to zero by 2020.

    “Our approach is based on autonomously driven cars being able to move safely in environments with non-autonomous vehicles and unprotected road users,” Broberg said.

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