New Volvo XC90 Run-Off Road Protection
Ingenious. The 2015 Volvo XC90 has world first features that make it one of the safest vehicles ever conceived. These take the manufacturer closer to its target that nobody is killed or seriously injured in one of its products by 2020 (new models only). The first system is run-off road protection. This recognises that the car is leaving the road then tightens the seatbelts – on all seven seats if necessary – to hold the motorists in position. This prevents the excessive movement that causes injury. The seats are clever too. As such, they have energy absorbing qualities to minimise spinal injuries, etc. Should the XC90 strike an object the occupants benefit from countless air bags and an extremely strong body shell. The latter incorporates “extensive use” of hot-formed baron steel which is the strongest used in the motor industry. The brake peddle also retracts to minimise injury to the lower leg/foot. Naturally, none of this technology is required if the car stays on the tarmac. It therefore has features to make this more likely. Highlights include the lane keeping aid system that – if the motorist drifts across a white line - pulls him/her back on course. Confirmation comes via steering vibration. Driver alert control, in contrast, scans for signs of fatigue such as drifting. It can then beep and recommend rest.
New Volvo XC90 Automatic Junction Braking System
The 2015 XC90 can automatically brake at junctions too (second world first feature according to its manufacturer). This might be necessary if the motorist turns into oncoming traffic following an error of judgement. This system could prevent a collision or mitigate its severity. And there is more. The XC90 has rearward facing radar that anticipates an impact from the following vehicle. It then tightens the seatbelts and flashes the rear lights to warn the following motorist. It has roll stability control too. If this concludes that the vehicle might flip, it reduces engine torque and brakes one or more wheels. This – in a wide range of circumstances – is enough to prevent an accident. If not, the vehicle deploys curtain air bags along its length and tightens the seatbelts. Furthermore, the blind spot information system informs the motorist that a vehicle is concealed by (say) a pillar. This ensures he/she maintains a line rather than moving into its path. It also warns the driver that a vehicle is approaching fast from behind. Ingenious, ey.