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Volvo S90 to deliver cutting edge safety technology
The latest high end luxury saloon car in the shape of the Volvo S90 takes the genre out of its conservative image and delivers semi-autonomous motoring in style.
Most well known for its range of estate cars and flagship XC90 model, Volvo has taken a decisive step into the premium saloon market with its latest release, the Volvo S90, a car that is set to shake up the traditionally conservative segment with its innovative design, advanced safety features, cloud-based apps and first move into semi-autonomous control.
The autonomous feature is “Pilot Assist”, a system that operates on motorways at speeds of up to 80mph (130kph) and combines lane keeping assistance and adaptive cruise control by providing gentle steering adjustments to align the vehicle correctly within the lane markings whilst keeping a safe distance from the vehicle ahead of it.
Another innovative step in vehicle safety is the large animal detection system fitted to the Volvo S90 which has the capability of detecting such animals as horses, elks and moose regardless of ambient lighting so the system crucially works during the hours of darkness to help the driver to avoid dangerous collisions with large animals in rural environments. This technology is of particular importance in preventing deaths and serious injuries on the roads of Russia, Northern Europe, Scandinavia and North America, where animal strikes are a common cause of casualties amongst car occupants.
Having benefitted from the company’s recent investment in a highly advanced chassis simulator, the Volvo S90 also has such features as the T8 Twin Engine plug-in hybrid powertrain and the most well-connected infotainment system in this segment.
The S90 is the culmination of five years of heavy investment at the Swedish vehicle manufacturer, as explained by the group’s President and CEO, Håkan Samuelsson, “With $11 USD billion of investment over the past five years, we are now delivering our promise of a resurgent and relevant Volvo Cars brand.”
“The S90 has taken a big stride forwards in terms of driving dynamics, performance and ride. We have completely redesigned the Volvo driving experience from the ground up to deliver a sense of precision, engaging control and comfort,” concluded Dr Peter Mertens, Senior Vice President, Research & Development at Volvo Car Group.
The S90 is set to be publically unveiled at the NAIAS in Detroit