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Volvo's new XC90 which will be released this August, will offer some of the most comprehensive and technologically sophisticated standard safety packages available in the automotive industry. All this new technology will take the company closer to achieve their goal - for no one to be killed or seriously injured in a new Volvo car by 2020.
The standard package for safety on the seven-seat, all-wheel-drive premium SUV will have two technologies that are world-firsts. Firstly, a run-off road protection package and an auto brake at intersection capability will make the Volvo XC90 one of the safest vehicles on the road.
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One of the most common accidents happens when the vehicle runs off the road. Volvo has developed Safe Positioning, where the car detects if the driver has lost control or veering off, so it tightens the front safety belts to keep the passengers in position. The belts stay that way till the car has stopped.
It also has a Driver Alert Control, which comes as standard, and detects and warn drivers if they are tired or sleepy behind the wheel. The Volvo also has Rest Stop Guidance, which would direct a driver to a rest place.
The Volvo is again the first car in the world to introduce Auto Brake at intersections. This is again a common scenario. If the driver comes to a busy intersection, the XC90 detects for a possible crash and brakes automatically to avoid a crash with another vehicle.
The XC90 also comes with other safety features like Pre-crash protection during rear impacts. If the SUV detects an impact from the rear, the rear seat belts are automatically tensioned, keeping the passenger safe and the lights will flash to warn the driver behind. The brakes are automatically applied to reduce the impact of the collision.
The roll over prevention that comes equipped with the XC90, calculates the risk of rolling over. The brakes will be applied to one or more wheels to counterbalance the vehicle. Inspite of this if the vehicle rolls over, the curtain airbags are deployed to cover all three rows and the seat belts are tensioned for all seven seats.
Another very interesting feature is the City Safety auto braking. This standard feature will help the driver avoid crashing into pedestrians, cyclists and other vehicles by warning the driver and then braking automatically. In an unavoidable situation such as this, if the driver does not respond to the warning, the vehicle will stop by itself. This feature is one of the most advanced technologies in a modern car, that works even in the dark.
The Volvo is equipped with Queue Assist which keeps the driver out of collisions during slow moving vehicle queues. The acceleration, braking and steering are controlled automatically by the SUV.
Inspite of all these features, in case there is an accident, the overall safety cage of the SUV is made from hot-formed boron steel. This is the strongest form of steel at present and this will keep the vehicle intact. This will keep the occupants safe in almost all types of accidents.
With so many safety features as standard in the all new XC90, Volvo is getting closer and closer to building a car that does not crash and to their goal of no one being killed or injured in a Volvo by 2020.