Volvo introduces two world firsts with all-new XC90

The all-new 2015 Volvo XC90, which is set to make its global debut in August, will feature a number of advanced safety technologies that will take the company a significant step closer to its vision that no one will be killed or seriously injured in a new Volvo car by 2020.

The list includes two world firsts.

Run-of road protection
In a run-off road scenario, the new Volvo XC90 detects what is happening and tightens the front seat belts to keep the occupants in position. The belts are firmly tightened as long as the vehicle is in motion.

Also, in order to help prevent spine injuries, energy-absorbing functionality between the seat and seat frame cushions the vertical forces that can arise when the car encounters a hard landing in the terrain. The system is capable of reducing the vertical occupant forces by up to one third.

Auto brake at intersections
The XC90 becomes the first vehicle in the world that can automatically brake if the driver turns in front of an oncoming car at an intersection. This helps avoid a collision or mitigate the consequences of a crash.

By the way, City Safety will become the umbrella name for all of Volvo’s auto brake functions.

“City Safety is one of the most advanced standard crash prevention offers you can find in a modern car. It now covers vehicles, cyclists and pedestrians in front of the car, day and night,” explains Lotta Jakobsson, Senior Technical Specialist Safety at Volvo Cars Safety Centre. “We are now able to cover the whole span from dusk to dawn by a high-sensitive camera combined with advanced exposure control.”

Auto brake at intersections City Safety

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