New Volvo EV Focuses on Safety

Chris Teague | Jun 24, 2021

Volvo has long been an innovator in automotive safety technology. The automaker pioneered three-point safety belts in the 1950s, blind-spot warning monitors in the early 2000s, and is now setting its sights on making the roads safer with autonomous vehicle technologies. Now, Volvo has announced that its upcoming, fully electric flagship SUV would “set a new benchmark for automotive safety” with advanced sensors and powerful software.

Safety sensors on electric successor to Volvo XC90 SUV

The fully electric vehicle (EV) will be a successor to the Volvo XC90 SUV. The automaker says its unveiling in 2022 will bring forth cutting-edge sensors that include LiDAR technology and an autonomous driving computer powered by NVIDIA’s Drive Orin system-on-a-chip. Both components will be standard features on the upcoming EV.

To power the hardware and drive its next-generation collision-avoidance tech, Volvo and its subsidiary Zenseact and autonomous vehicle technology company Luminar have developed the software. Volvo notes that the new vehicle will also come with advanced backup systems with functions for steering and braking that will make it hardware-ready for unsupervised autonomous driving when it becomes available.

“By having this hardware as standard, we can continuously improve safety features over the air and introduce advanced autonomous drive systems,” said Hakan Samuelsson, CEO of Volvo Cars. Volvo’s goal, the company says, is to reduce fatalities and accidents overall. Over-the-air (OTA) updates will allow it to continue improving existing features while introducing new ones.

The company also expects that its OTA updates will accelerate the reduction of collisions over time. Its tech is designed to directly target the most dangerous traffic situations that cause the most severe injuries and fatalities today. Ultimately, Volvo would like to see a world where there are zero collisions, and it expects its updates to help move the needle on that goal.

There is no word on what Volvo will name its forthcoming EV, when it will be released, or what it will cost. The brand currently has two EV models in its lineup, including the all-electric XC40 Recharge and the C40 Recharge, which is in the preorder stage. Volvo says that it will reveal more details on its technology roadmap at an event scheduled for June 30.

Volvo is the source of information for this article. It was accurate on June 24, 2021, but it may have changed since that date.

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