Three clever features make parking and manoeuvring easier than ever in the Volvo XC60, says Volvo Cars engineer, Claes Boberg

Words: Dan Stevens

“In a Volvo, technology is only there if it makes life better,” says Claes Boberg, Engineer, Low Speed Manoeuvring, at Volvo Cars. 

“We don’t develop features just because we can – they must be useful, and they must integrate seamlessly into people’s lives.” 

And into the car itself. You won’t notice the cameras and sensors in the new Volvo XC60. But you will notice what they do for you, because they are the basis for three features that make everyday life easier – Park Assist Pilot, 360° camera and Cross Traffic Alert.

Perfect parking, every time

“Park Assist Pilot is about making life more comfortable. It’s like having someone else park the car for you,” Claes says.

This innovation measures parking spaces as you drive past them and lets you know if one is big enough. It can then steer the Volvo XC60 into a parallel space just 1.2 times the length of the car for you, or steer it into a perpendicular space. Once activated, all you need to do is control the gears and brakes as the car guides you into place. 

“It’s brilliant – when the last space in the street looks too small, you can trust the car to take care of parking safely,” Claes says.

The view from the top

“Having all-round vision makes parking stress-free,” Claes says. “And our 360° camera gives you an unrivalled view of your car and its surroundings.” 

To create this view, images from four hidden cameras on the car are combined to show a bird’s eye perspective on the large centre display of the Volvo XC60. 

“I think we have the best bird’s-eye view on the market,” says Claes. “The screen is particularly large, so you can see more detail, and its portrait format means the car is facing the same way as you – that makes it easier to see and understand.”

Heightened awareness

“Cross Traffic Alert is like having eyes in the back of your head. It sees around corners for you,” says Claes. 

This feature makes reversing out of tight spaces into moving traffic easier and safer. Radar units hidden inside the rear bumper detect any vehicles that are moving into your path at a distance of up to 30 metres, as well as cyclists and pedestrians at shorter distances. If there’s any danger of a collision, you get audio and visual warnings from the car. 

It’s technology that you can rely on, says Claes. “The radar units never get tired, they don’t blink, and they don’t get distracted by other things. You might not be able to see them, but it’s good to know they are there when you need them.”

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