Most industry experts agree that one of the more anticipated developments in the automotive industry, autonomous or self-drive vehicles, could be a mainstay of motoring in future years. The goal of manufacturers for decades, self-drive vehicles allow passengers to relax throughout their journey. Today, we are closer than ever to the age of self-drive vehicles.
The end of 2014 saw Volvo develop some autonomous features and bring them to market with the XC90. Volvo is hoping that by the end of 2017 these features will be fully commercially available and that they will reduce the margin for human error and make the driving experience more relaxing and convenient.
Each year it’s estimated that as many as 1.2 million people die in auto accidents. Despite the improvements made by manufacturers, this is a very high statistic. Rear cameras, lane change assistance and blind spot detection collision avoidance can only do so much. New features that will improve safety and continually being introduced, but Volvo is adamant that these developments aren’t enough. The company have made the bold claim that not a single person should be injured or killed by a vehicle, and by the year 2020 this should be achieved.
The Volvo XC90 will see the introduction of autonomous features. He’s a look at what consumers can expect.
Adaptive Cruise Control (ACC) with Steer Assist
In essence, this feature will allow motorists to remain aligned with the vehicle in front of it whilst cruising at different speeds.
Road Edge / Barrier Detection with Steer Assist
Allowing your car to automatically steer back onto the road, should you drift to either side of the roadway, road edge or barrier detection could prove very useful for fatigued drivers and prevent accidents.
Should your vehicle detect that an accident is about to occur, autonomous braking will automatically start to brake. Many vehicle manufacturers are beginning to incorporate this technology. The Volvo XC90 will be the first to use the function at intersections.
When navigating junctions or areas of high traffic, queue assist allows the car to take over the steering and braking. This has been designed for drivers suffering from poor concentration in congested areas.
These are just four examples of how the Volvo XC90 deploys technology that allows the vehicle to be increasingly autonomous. As we edge towards the next decade, more and more manufacturers will begin to employ similar technology with the view to developing a fully autonomous vehicle.