New S90 paves the way for an autonomous future
12:30 AM | January 26 2016

New S90 paves the way for an autonomous future

The Volvo S90 is the brand’s innovative new executive sedan. It introduces semi-autonomous features that show how Volvo is developing the technology that will make self-driving cars a reality. The network of sophisticated sensors and computers the S90 uses are the building blocks of the fully autonomous car of the future. Using these, the car can monitor its surroundings in precise detail and act on potential hazards.

Semi-autonomous features - building blocks for the future self-driving cars

Standard City Safety technology detects other vehicles, pedestrians and cyclists on the road ahead, day or night, warning the driver and then braking if necessary to avoid or mitigate a collision. New for the S90 is a world-first function that can also detect large animals such as elk and deer.

S90 paves the way

Run-off road Mitigation is another world-first that is standard for the S90. This innovation uses the S90’s cameras and sensors to detect the road edge. If the car starts to veer off the road it applies gentle steering input to guide the car back on course. In extreme circumstances it applies the brakes to avoid or mitigate the situation, while the driver can override the car at any point.

The S90 is available with second-generation Pilot Assist. This semi-autonomous function – which was introduced on the new XC90 – works alongside Active Cruise Control to make driving safer and more relaxing. It automatically brakes and accelerates the car to maintain a safe gap to the car in front, and uses gentle steering force to keep the car within its lane markings. For the S90, Pilot Assist operates at speeds up to 130 km/h (compared with 50 km/h for the XC90) and no longer needs a lead car, making it useful for a wider variety of roads and situations.

Semi-autonomous and autonomous technologies

These advances in semi-autonomous technology for the S90 highlight the way that Volvo Cars is developing IntelliSafe Autopilot technology by focusing on the customer’s needs and building incrementally on existing functionality. It is another stepping stone on the road to fully autonomous, self-driving cars that are designed to fit perfectly with the way that people live and drive.

More information regarding the differences between semi-autonomous and autonomous technologies here