Volvo is set to reveal a redesigned XC60 crossover at the Geneva auto show that the safety-obsessed Swedish automaker says will spotlight a trio of new active collision avoidance features.
Key among them is a revised City Safety autonomous braking system that adds a steering support feature that will help the driver steer the car in a collision avoidance maneuver at speeds between 50 and 100 km/h.
At higher speeds, an Oncoming Lane Mitigation feature will alert an inattentive driver who has “unwittingly” wandered out of their lane – and potentially into the path of an oncoming car – and steer them back where they belong, at any speed between 60 and 140 km/h.
And finally, Volvo’s Blind Spot Information System (BLIS) now goes beyond simply telling the driver there’s another vehicle in his or her blind spot, and will steer the car back into its own lane to avoid a collision with a vehicle in an adjacent lane.
The XC60 will also be offered with Large Animal Detection, Run-off Road Mitigation, and a semi-autonomous driver support system called Pilot Assist as an option, all of which are already offered in the brand’s larger S90 and V90 models.
These changes are part of the automaker’s vision of eliminating death and serious injuries among drivers of new Volvo models by the year 2020. That was the mandate of the Non-Hit Car and Truck project that wrapped up at the end of 2014, an effort that resulted in sensor technology that gives the car’s safety systems a 360-degree “view” of what’s around the car at any given moment.
And those sensors aren’t there just to prevent collisions with other vehicles. In late 2015, Volvo began research in Australia that it says will lead to a kangaroo collision avoidance system in a bid to try to solve what is one of the most costly causes of car crashes in that country.
The 2017 Geneva Motor Show opens to the public on March 9.