Safety and Technology
Both Sensus and IntelliSafe features blur the line between safety and convenience and that’s okay. If making the driver’s life safer means making it easier to operate the technology found inside the cabin, then why not capitalize on that? And that is exactly what Volvo did.
With Sensus Connect, you have the ability to connect to built-in USB and auxiliary ports, plus wireless connectivity via Bluetooth and broadband technology for your phone. Once your phone is connected, all you need to do is speak in order to get things done. You can play music, navigate, make a phone call, and even send a text message via speaking. That way, you can focus solely on keeping your hands on the wheel and your eyes on the road — where they belong.
IntelliSafe features such as City Safety are there to further help keep you safe. So that along with having your focus trained solely on the road, City Safe is able to also detect any vehicles, cyclists, and pedestrians that may be there — regardless of weather conditions. This way, even if your eyes fail you, your XC90 won’t. Pilot assist and park assist pilot are two good examples of how the line is blurred between convenience and luxury. The pilot assist function will support you by automatically adjusting the steering to keep the car within the lane, as well as keep a set speed and distance from the vehicle in front. Park assist pilot finds an available parking space for you, and then takes care of the steering, while all you need to do is kick it into reverse, control the acceleration and braking, and then watch the XC90 steer itself into the spot.
Lane keeping aid, cross traffic alert, a 360-degree camera, and blind spot information are also present, and exist to make driving both safer and easier. With this advanced type of safety on board, Volvo’s goal of not having someone seriously injured or killed when driving one of their cars in 2020 seems more realistic than some may have initially thought.