"With the XC60 we are determined to take the next step in reducing avoidable collisions with the addition of steering support and assistance systems".
The feature is created to brake and swerve to avoid hitting other vehicles, pedestrians and large animals, but steering support is only active at speeds ranging from 31 to 62 miles per hour. Ekholm went on to cite that in Sweden alone Volvo has seen a decline of 45 percent in rear-end frontal crashes thanks to its collision warning and autobrake system.
The company's City Safety system, which includes automated emergency braking, has been augmented with steering support, which kicks in should the auto detect that braking alone will not prevent a collision. Other high-end safety systems included in the XC60 are Large Animal Detection, Run-off Road Mitigation, and the semi-autonomous driver support and convenience system Pilot Assist as an option.
The Oncoming Lane Mitigation system helps drivers avoid collisions with vehicles in an oncoming lane.. Volvo's Malin Ekholm, senior director at the company's Safety Center, says that, though meant to be assistance technologies rather than the XC60 driving itself, they nonetheless "represent clear steps in our work towards fully autonomous cars". That system works from 37 to 87 miles per hour. The system will operate between 60 and 140kh/h, so at highway driving speeds, essentially.
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"All three of these new features represent clear steps in our work towards fully autonomous cars", said Ekholm.
This active steering system can also kick in to pull you back onto the correct side of the road if you have drifted across your lane and there's oncoming traffic, and it also connects to the blind spot monitoring system to help prevent you hitting someone as you pull across for a lane change.
Beyond these new features, the redesigned XC60, which arrives in showrooms later this year, as a 2018 model, will also offer the numerous electronic driving aids already found on the 90 series.
The new Volvo XC60 will be revealed at the Geneva Motor Show.