Volvo Tech Is Miles Ahead Of The Pack

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Volvo tech has for many years made the Swedish manufacturer an innovator, not only in promising that nobody will be in a fatal crash in one of their cars by the year 2020 but also in advances in self-driving tech. Now Volvo is firmly at the forefront of the latest tech revolution to hit the roads. Here are some areas where Volvo are miles ahead of the crowd.

Autonomous Volvo Tech

Surround View Camera

That’s a 360-degree bird’s eye surround view. The tech is becoming more and more common and even entry-level vehicles offer this feature. But Volvo goes the extra 10 miles with a 9-inch vertically arranged screen right in the middle of Volvo’s Sensus Connect infotainment system to provide you with the absolute maximum visibility. The Surround View Camera, part of the Vision Package option, allows you to vividly see how close you get to kerbs, bushes, bollards and other everyday obstacles. Along the Rear Park Assist sonar sensors which issue a very audible warning when you’re close to these obstacles, Volvo allows you to have complete confidence when parking in tight spots.

Slippery road alert with graphics

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Volvo Pilot Assist II

Last year we witnessed the first generation of this tech which allowed the car to drive semi-autonomously up to 30mph and scanned the roads for other vehicles in order to adjust speed. This year, however, Volvo have launch Pilot Assist II, allowing the car to reach speeds of 80mph while you sit back and relax. The lane-keeping assist uses cameras to keep you on the road and can at times jolt as the vehicle adjusts itself back into the centre of the lane. It’s probably not the best feature to use when navigating unknown country lanes, but it’s a big step into the future.

New generation of City Safety: Steering support

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Volvo’s City Safety Warning

The City Safety Warning allows the car to detect threats such as rogue cyclists, large animals, pedestrians and oncoming vehicles and decide whether to steer clear or brake sharply in order to avoid a collision. The system doesn’t operate below 2mph, so it won’t shout ‘Beware!’ at you when you’re parking. The system isn’t fool-proof and should only be used in tandem with the driver’s awareness. But it shows that once vehicles are capable of driving themselves completely autonomously, that there will be tried and tested tech to avoid obstacles in towns and cities.


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Sensus brings Volvo tech to your fingertips

This is where things get really cool. Sensus Connect allows you to connect your favourite apps to the car’s onboard infotainment system through the cloud. This enhances your drive with some truly great personalisation.

The navigation system is also a beefed up version of traditional GPS systems. You get 3D imaging of your surroundings, better voice command and adaptable route planning depending on drive preferences such as Eco, or if you want to avoid congestion.

Finally, Volvo On-Call lets you synchronise your car to a smartphone app. This allows quick emergency contact, automatic crash reporting, theft tracking, vehicle diagnostics, fuel capacity and efficiency monitoring and even remote locking and unlocking. You can even get your car to flash it’s lights if you can’t remember what part of the car park you left it in!

New Volvo XC60 - T6

Volvo has announced that the current generation of diesel-fuelled cars will be the phased out over the coming years. With eyes on the electric and hybrid market, the first electric Volvo is set to hit the roads in 2019. Thanks to all this advance in Volvo tech, the future is looking very bright and Swedish!