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Volvo XC90 – The Smartest Car of the Future

The road to the autonomous car is shorter than you though and Google is not the most advanced in the area, but Volvo is. The technologies announced for the future XC90 and for the next car generation from Volvo overpass the expectations.

Volvo just announced some of the technologies that will be implemented on the future Volvo XC90 that will be released by the end of 2014. We’re talking about the most advanced safety technologies that even if today may seems unreal, towards the end of 2020 will be something common implemented even on the ordinary cars. Because Volvo wants to be a pioneer in this domain, let’s examine what the clients of the Swiss company will receive before everyone else.

Detecting pedestrians in the dark

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Not only the pedestrians will be spotted in the dark, but also other cars and cyclists. Now, the Volvo cars will slow down and even stop if they detect a pedestrian or any other car on the carriageway, without the intervention of the driver.

Detecting edges and partitions by the roadside

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The Volvo cars will detect the tire trade and also the partitions or the safety barriers on the roadside, so the vehicle remains on the center of the tire treads in case the dividing markers are not visible. Furthermore, the technology detects the actual edge of the road and brings the car back on the tire tread if the driver leaves the road inadvertently.

Adaptive Cruise Control with sensitive power steering assistance

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The new generation of the adaptive cruise control is already present on various Volvo cars. Practically, the autopilot will aim the maximum speed indicated by the driver, but will slow down the car automatically if other vehicles run slower in front of the car, adjusting the speed if the driver does not initiate an overshoot.

The system is capable of accelerating in the same time the car in the front accelerates but can also slow down or stop if the other one in the front brakes, and then leaves again when the car in the front starts moving. We’ll see if the Volvo engineers will keep the auditory and visual warning that tells the driver to put his hands on the wheel.

Animal detecting system

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The car will be capable of detecting even the animals that cross the road and to start slowing down or even stop, if possible. The system works even at night on darkened roads.

Car to Car communication

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Communication between cars is the cornerstone of the Swedish strategy for reducing to zero the severe accidents until 2020. Practically, the automatic piloting systems on Volvo cars will first communicate with the systems installed on the police cars and fire rescue vehicles, acting on the brakes to leave the cars pass. The cars leaving the alleys will be automatically stopped to give passage; the cars that have priority will be slowed or even stopped if someone still insists not to give priority and doesn’t have a system installed on and so on.

Fully automatic parking

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You will simply get off the car and you will indicate the parking spot and then the vehicle will climb by itself the multistory car park and stop at the available spot. The car is based on the included transmitters in the parking lot and also on the video cameras and its radar.

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