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Restricting the car's functions with Red Key

When you lend your car to someone you have the option to limit the car's functions using a Red Key. Amongst other things, you can set a speed limit or the maximum volume for the speakers.

IntelliSafe safety check when starting

When you start the car after it has been switched off completely, a safety check of the car's driver support systems is shown in the driver display. This is a new visual function that is being added with software to be released in November 2017.

Parallel parking with Park Assist Pilot

You can get assistance with parallel parking using the Park Assist Pilot option. Here you can find information and video tutorials that describe how to use the function.

Adapting the beam pattern from the headlamps

If the car is equipped with LED headlamps with adaptive functionality, then the headlamp pattern should be reset when changing from right to left-hand traffic, and vice versa.

Setting the clock

The first time you use the car, or if the current to the car's battery has been disconnected, you may need to make the settings for time and date. It is important that the clock is set, so that the car can connect to the Internet, amongst other things.

Hold and Charge

Using the Hold and Charge functions you have the option to control hybrid battery charging while driving. Hold and Charge have replaced the Save drive mode that was previously in cars with hybrid engines.

Driver profiles

In order for your Volvo to be customised for you every time you get into the car, you have the option to save and protect your personal preferences in driver profiles. The driver profiles can be connected to the car's keys, and when the car is unlocked, its settings are adjusted to the driver profile in the key being used.

Perpendicular parking with Park Assist Pilot

You can get assistance with perpendicular parking using the Park Assist Pilot option. Here you can find information and video tutorials that describe how to use the function.

Private locking

When you drop the car off for service, at a hotel or similar, you can use the private locking function to lock the glovebox, tailgate, boot lid or rear seat. The private locking function varies depending on car model.

Useful information about the car's windows

All the power windows can be controlled from the driver's door and for the other doors each power window can be controlled from its own door. For certain models there is also the option to specify a panoramic roof.

IntelliSafe - driver support and safety

IntelliSafe is the Volvo Cars concept concerning car safety and it consists of a number of functions that can actively or passively assist you with your driving in different situations. For example, the functions can help you to maintain a certain time interval to the vehicle in front of you, prevent a collision by giving a warning and braking the car, or help with parking.

Large Animal Detection

If a large animal appears in front of your car then Large Animal Detection, which is part of City Safety, can warn about the animal and provide brake assistance in certain situations.

Connected Safety

The Connected Safety function can inform the driver whether another vehicle further ahead on the same road has activated its hazard warning flashers or detected slippery driving conditions. Information about slippery driving conditions can also be provided if your own car detects slippery surfaces.

How do I notice that a safety function has been activated?

If you notice that the car acts of its own accord in an unexpected way then this may be due to one of the car's safety-related functions being activated.

Updated appearance of warning messages for Pilot Assist, cruise control, adaptive cruise control and speed limiter

With the software update released in May 2018, the appearance of certain warning messages has been updated for the following functions, Pilot Assist, cruise control (CC), adaptive cruise control (ACC) and speed limiter(SL).

Tips for using Pilot Assist

Updated 11/25/2019

Tips for using Pilot Assist

Pilot Assist is a comfort function that can provide you with steering assistance and help you to maintain the distance to the vehicle in front of you. Initially, you may find it feels a little strange when Pilot Assist helps to control your car, and you may need to drive a few kilometres with Pilot Assist before you feel completely at home with the function. Below are some tips that you may find useful when using Pilot Assist.

Get to know Pilot Assist

The first few times you use Pilot Assist, it may be a good idea to drive in a calm traffic situation on a motorway. Pilot Assist is designed to work best on dry motorways with clear lane lines and a smooth flow of traffic.

Give yourself plenty of time to get to know the function. After a while, you will feel comfortable with how it works and learn the situations in which Pilot Assist can help you. It is important for you always to pay attention to your driving and keep your hands on the steering wheel. You are always ultimately responsible for driving in a safe manner, even when using Pilot Assist.

Instruction videos

Videos on Pilot Assist and on how you activate and use the function can be viewed below:

Pilot Assist, part 1

Pilot Assist, part 2

Note

With Sensus Connect software from May 2017, Pilot Assist cannot be activated if a trailer, bicycle rack or similar has been connected to the car's electrical system.

On bends and at road junctions

Pilot Assist interacts with you, the driver. You should therefore always be prepared to increase your own steering input, particularly in curves. Do not wait for the car to provide steering assistance. Perform the necessary steering manoeuvres.

If you are approaching an exit or a road junction, drive towards the lane you want to aim for – this tells Pilot Assist where you are going.

Pilot Assist attempts to keep your car in the middle of the lane

When Pilot Assist helps to steer, it attempts to place your car halfway between the visible road lines. For a smoother drive, it is a good idea to allow the car to find a good position. You can always adjust the position yourself by increasing your steering input. It is important for you to make sure your car is positioned safely in the lane.

If you think Pilot Assist is positioning the car in a way that is not suitable to the traffic situation, or in a way you want to drive the car, you can simply switch off Pilot Assist or switch to Adaptive cruise control(Adaptive Cruise Control - ACC) via the steering wheel buttons. You can switch from active Pilot Assist to active Adaptive cruise control by pressing the left arrow button on the steering wheel. If you want to reactivate Pilot Assist, press the right arrow button on the steering wheel.

How do I know when Pilot Assist is providing steering assistance?

When the steering wheel symbol in the driver's display or the Head-up displayOption. Not applicable to XC40. is green, Pilot Assist is helping you to steer. If the steering wheel symbol is grey, no steering assistance is provided. You can clearly feel from the steering wheel when Pilot Assist is helping to steer. You can always steer the car yourself in a manner that differs from what Pilot Assist suggests. When you do so, you will feel slight resistance in the steering wheel as long as Pilot Assist is active.

16w49 - P5 - Support site - Pilot Assist grey and green steering wheels

When the steering wheel symbol in the driver's display is green, Pilot Assist is helping you to steer (illustration 2 on the right).

Steering assistance can toggle between off and on at any time

It is important to be aware that steering assistance may toggle between off and on at any time, without prior warning. This may be because the road lines are not clear enough for the system to see them, for example.

Focus on your driving and keep your hands on the wheel

It is also important for you always to carry on being active and alert when driving as Pilot Assist is unable to read all situations and the function may toggle between off and on without prior warning. If the system discovers that you are not keeping your hands on the steering wheel, a warning will sound and a text message will be shown on the driver display. Pilot Assist will be switched off if you fail to comply with the request.

Activate/deactivate Pilot Assist

The function can be easily activated/deactivated by scrolling to the Pilot Assist symbol using the arrow buttons on the steering wheel. Then press the steering wheel button to launch Pilot Assist.

Note

The function is briefly described below. For complete information and important warnings, etc., see the Owner's Manual for your car model.

Function availability may vary depending on the market and model.

Some systems are fitted as standard while others are options. This may vary depending on market, model year and car model.

Warning

The function described is a supplementary aid and cannot handle all situations in all conditions.

The driver always bears responsibility that the vehicle is driven safely and that applicable road traffic rules and regulations are followed.

Car model/model year

XC90 and XC90 Twin Engine of model year 2016 onwards

S90, V90 and V90 Cross Country of model year 2017 onwards

XC40, XC60, XC60 Twin Engine, V90 Twin Engine and S90 Twin Engine of model year 2018 onwards

V60, V60 Twin Engine and V60 Cross Country of model year 2019 onwards

S60 and S60 Twin Engine of model year 2020 onwards

The range of models may vary depending on market.


This article is applicable to

Car model/model year

XC90 and XC90 Twin Engine of model year 2016 onwards

S90, V90 and V90 Cross Country of model year 2017 onwards

XC40, XC60, XC60 Twin Engine, V90 Twin Engine and S90 Twin Engine of model year 2018 onwards

V60, V60 Twin Engine and V60 Cross Country of model year 2019 onwards

S60 and S60 Twin Engine of model year 2020 onwards

The range of models may vary depending on market.


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Automatic start of seat heating

The function for automatic start of seat heating varies depending on car model and differs between the driver's and passenger sides.

Connecting driver profile to key

Personal preferences for seats, climate control, audio, navigation and communication, amongst other things, can be saved in driver profiles and connected to one of the car's keys.

Edit and protect driver profile

You can save personal settings specific to you in a driver profile by protecting the profile. The settings currently active at the time of locking are then saved. You can also name ore rename a profile whenever you wish.

Operating the tailgate with foot movement

When your hands are occupied, you can open or close the tailgate with a single foot movement under the car's rear bumper. The function is an option and varies depending on the car model.

Pilot Assist and Lane assistance

Pilot Assist is a comfort function that can help you to keep your car within its own lane and maintain a safe distance from vehicles in front of you. Lane Keeping Aid is a function which, in a similar way, can help you in some situations to reduce the risk of your car accidentally leaving its own lane.

Collision avoidance assistance

The collision avoidance assistance function can help you to reduce the risk of the car accidentally leaving its lane and/or colliding with another vehicle or obstacle by actively steering the car back into the lane and/or swerving.

Driving out from parallel parking with Park Assist Pilot

You can get assistance with driving out from parallel parking using the Park Assist Pilot option. Here you can find information and video tutorials that describe how to use the function.

Privacy locking

The purpose of privacy locking, which is called private locking on certain models, is to be able to lock the boot lid/tailgate and glovebox but still have the option to open the doors and start the car. Privacy locking is especially useful when you are leaving your car in for service or at a hotel.

Park Assist Pilot

The Park Assist Pilot option is a function that can assist you with manoeuvring your car while parking. It can also assist with steering when driving out from parallel parking. This article provides information, video tutorials and links to instructions showing how and when to use the function.