When it comes to innovations, our horizons know no limits.
At Volvo Cars we’re proving every day that we’re one of the world’s most progressive car brands. And our story of innovation continues, with many significant recent world firsts – all designed to make your life easier, safer and kinder to the environment.
In the process of creating the best sound system in the history of the company, Volvo Cars, together with our audio partners, has introduced a world first – a unique ‘outside air’ subwoofer. Normally, a subwoofer demands a compromise on space within a car’s cabin, but because the XC90’s wheelarch-mounted subwoofer uses air from outside the car, rather than in a separate box, no space is sacrificed. It also sounds better at low frequencies, where it matters.
Auto brake at intersection is a Volvo world first. It was introduced in the all-new XC90 in 2014, as part of our City Safety system. Imagine you’re slowing down to turn off a main two-way road. You have to cross traffic approaching in the opposite lane – if you don’t see the oncoming car, intersection braking will apply the brakes for you, helping to avoid or reduce the severity of a collision. It’s another important step towards our goal that by 2020, nobody should be killed or seriously injured in a new Volvo.
Running off road is a type of accident that’s all too common, which is why the all-new XC90 incorporates several ‘run-off road’ technologies to help protect in these types of scenario. For example, Lane Keeping Aid is there to help you stay in lane. Should the worst happen, new world-first seat cushions combine with self-tightening safety belts, absorbing energy in an accident and significantly reducing the risk of spinal injuries, among other benefits.
Need to find a parking slot quickly? With the latest Sensus Connect, your Volvo can locate a nearby parking place. It’s the world’s first integrated ‘Park’ application – and just one more way in which your Volvo makes your life easier.
Volvo Cars has a rich heritage of innovation. Here are just a few examples of the world firsts introduced by Volvo throughout our history.
2005: Driver Alert
Our innovative system to alert the driver before he or she falls asleep.
2007: Integrated two-stage booster cushion
Our integrated booster cushion has belt pretensioners and two seat heights, making it adaptable for growing children.
2011: Plug-in Diesel Hybrid
Volvo’s V60 Plug-in Hybrid is the world’s first diesel plug-in.
2012: Pedestrian Airbag
Pedestrian Airbag Technology debuts on the Volvo V40.
Drive-E diesels feature feedback from each fuel injector.
2013: Cyclist Detection with full auto brake
Detects and automatically brakes for cyclists.
2014: Inflatable Child Seat
Rearward-facing child seat concept can be tucked away in a small bag when not in use.
2014: Food to car
Volvo demonstrates deliveries of food direct to the car.