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Junction auto-brake for next Volvo XC90

Tue, 22 Jul 2014

THE NEXT Volvo XC90 will be able to brake itself if its driver attempts to pull out in front of an oncoming car, as one of two world-first safety innovations.

This auto-brake technology detects whether an approaching car is technically on a collision course and will hit the stoppers to prevent a possible accident.

However, there is no mention of an increased risk of rear-end collisions where drivers following the XC90 might also accelerate, not expecting the Volvo to stop suddenly.

Another world-first application is automatic tightening of the seat belts if a car runs off the road, which in combination with specially designed seat cushions reduce the chance of spinal injuries.

“These two world firsts are further examples of how new technologies target substantial real-life traffic problems. 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,” said Professor Lotta Jakobsson, Senior Technical Specialist Safety at Volvo Cars Safety Centre.

“Our starting point on safety is the same today as it was 87 years ago: real-life situations,” added Dr Peter Mertens, Senior Vice President of Research and Development of Volvo Car Group.

“We study data. We crunch numbers. We innovate. The result is one of the safest cars ever made.”

Professor Jakobsson concluded: “Committing to safety is not about passing a test or getting a ranking.

“It is about finding out how and why accidents and injuries occur and then developing the technology to prevent them. We lead, the industry follows.”

By Press Association reporter