Volvo dishes details over new XC90′s safety, technology features

In the tease leading up to the reveal of Volvo’s all-new XC90, the Swedish automaker has detailed some of the new and exclusive technologies going into the redesigned SUV.

The most noteworthy of the new tech features is something Volvo calls “run-off road protection” and “auto brake at intersection” capability. Run-off road protection is a way to keep the driver and passengers by tightening the seatbelts should the car leave the road, a type of collision Volvo says accounts for half of all traffic fatalities in the U.S. The system works in tandem with other active safety features, such as driver alerts and a lane-keeping assist system.

The second feature, auto brake at intersection capability, is essentially an advanced version of Volvo’s automatic braking system. The automaker has programmed the system to apply the brakes in case the driver turns into the path of an oncoming car. This feature will be included in Volvo’s City Safety suite of technology, a relatively new system that can completely stop the vehicle in an impending crash.

“These two world firsts are further examples of how new technologies target substantial real-life traffic problems,” said Prof. Lotta Jakobsson, Volvo’s senior technical safety specialist. “This strategy moves us closer and closer to our ambition that by 2020 no one should be killed or seriously injured in a new Volvo.”

Volvo says we can expect a whole host of additional safety features, including pre-crash protection from rear impacts, whiplash protection, rollover prevention and protection, in addition to the requisite blind-spot monitor, cross-traffic alert system and adaptive cruise control. The next-gen XC90 will also be available automatic parking systems for parallel and reverse parking, aided by a new 360-degree camera.

The 2015 Volvo XC90 is expected to debut next month and will likely appear in-the-flesh at this year’s Paris Motor Show in September.

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