Not only will the Volvo XC60 undergo a complete design overhaul in the coming weeks, but it will also usher in new safety features for the brand. The compact crossover will receive three new driver assistance features aimed at steering drivers away from potential accidents.
First off, Volvo has enhanced its City Safety system to include steering assistance, a new feature that engages in situations when automatic braking alone isn’t enough to stop a potential collision. The system helps steer the car away from an obstacle ahead at speeds between 31 and 62 mph. Another new feature is Oncoming Lane Mitigation, which helps drivers avoid head-on collisions at speeds between 37 and 87 mph.
Volvo is also introducing a feature that helps drivers avoid collisions with vehicles in a blind spot. With Volvo’s updated Blind Spot Information System, the XC60 can nudge itself back into the proper lane to avoid a collision with a vehicle the driver may not see.
By introducing these new features, Volvo is slowly moving toward its goal of ending all deaths and serious injuries in its new vehicles by 2020. Autonomous cars are a big part of the plan, and the automaker is already testing self-driving vehicles on public roads in different cities across the world.
The Volvo XC60 will make its official debut on March 7 at the Geneva Motor Show. Although we haven’t seen the compact crossover in full yet, Volvo has teased pictures of its unique headlights and taillights. The XC60 will sit on a shortened version of the SPA platform that underpins the S90 and XC90. Like these vehicles, the XC60 will also feature a host of other advanced safety systems, including Large Animal Detection, Run-off Road Mitigation, and the semi-autonomous driving feature Volvo calls Pilot Assist.
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