Swedish carmaker Volvo looks set to kickstart the safety revolution in India by offering radar-based safety features on its upcoming S90 luxury sedan.
The carmaker's decision after the Government of India's Department of Telecommunication freed up radar frequency bands in the range of 36-38 MHz, 433-434.79 MHz, 302-351 kHz and 76-77 GHz in an effort to enhance safety and connectivity features in vehicles.
The Volvo S90 will be the first car in India to feature radar-based safety features like pedestrian and cyclist detection, lane keeping assist, blind spot information system, automatic braking, and adaptive cruise control.
The safety features are available on the XC90 that is already on sale in India, but the features are currently disabled on the SUV.
Speaking to Autocar India, Tom von Bonsdorff, managing director, Volvo Auto India said, "Our radar-based safety systems are offered as standard kit in the XC90 but are disabled for the Indian market, as per government norms. The forward radar hardware is there in the new XC90 and these systems can be enabled via a software update."
Volvo Auto India is currently in talks with the Government to get official clearance to use the radar frequencies. Once Volvo does get the green light, it will allow existing XC90 owners to activate the safety systems by bringing it into the workshops for a software update.