The OEM, which vows nobody dying in Volvo crashes by 2020, also reaffirmed the potential impact such safety technology could have on collision repair business. It said that the third generation of its autobraking and collision warning system has reduced rear-ending — one of collision repair’s bread and butter areas — by 45 percent in Sweden.
“We have been working with collision avoidance systems for many years and we can see how effective they are,” Volvo Safety Centre senior director Malin Ekholm said in a statement. “In Sweden alone we have seen a decline of around 45 per cent … 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.”
The technology Volvo already had on its cars was eroding Swedish collision volume, and that in the U.S. as well: And that’s before Volvo’s new advanced driver assistance systems:
“Oncoming Lane Mitigation” also can steer vehicles away from oncoming traffic should the Volvo driver drift into the other lane. It works at speeds between about 37-87 mph.
And Volvo’s “Blind Spot Information System” was updated to steer an XC60 back into its lane should it cross into an adjacent lane where traffic is a threat.
“All three of these new features represent clear steps in our work towards fully autonomous cars,” Ekholm said in a statement.
Volvo already had a lane keeping assistance system and a road departure mitigation system, but while Volvo says the latter will “bring the vehicle back on track” it’s unclear from past Volvo news releases if the former actively steers the driver or just alerted him or her and provided torque to make it harder to leave the lane.
And of course, the XC60 will also have other Volvo safety technology, including large animal detection and the semi-autonomous Pilot Assist.
Volvo, Feb. 28, 2017
The new XC90 will have “steering support,” which will swerve around an obstacle if autobraking won’t cut it. (Provided by Volvo)
The new Volvo XC60 will have Blind Spot Information with steering assist, which means the Volvo will keep its lane if you’re about to pass into the path of traffic in an adjacent lane. (Provided by Volvo)