Volvo Cars forthcoming Volvo EX90 flagship electric sports utility vehicle (SUV), which will be revealed on 9 November, looks set to be their safest ever. This new model will join Volvo’s C40 Recharge and XC40 Recharge all-electric models.
The standard safety on the new EX90 will be beyond that of any Volvo before it. We all know that the Swedish carmaker has the reputation of building the safest cars on the road, so this new electric vehicle (EV) will be something special. It’s a reputation Volvo has built its brand on.
Volvo says they will continue to innovate until cars until they don’t crash anymore and until they’re 100 percent carbon-free as a company. The EX90 is the start of a new era for Volvo Cars, taking its legacy of safety, quality and innovation into the future.
Jim Rowan, Volvo’s chief executive, outlined all of this in the keynote below:
Understanding the Human Experience
The new Volvo EX90 is a car designed to understand drivers and their surroundings to help keep drivers and others in traffic safe. It can also get smarter and safer over time, as it learns from new data and receives updates.
The development of Volvo’s latest safety technology is based on understanding human behaviour, rooted in decades of its own and others’ safety research. Every one of us is likely to experience or be affected by at least one car crash in our lifetime.
Volvo says this fact is not a judgment and most of the time we are good drivers; alert and ready to act when needed but we are all humans and that means we experience emotions. Distraction and tiredness are facts of life and they travel with us and may not always be at our best, for whatever reason. In busy traffic, it takes only a few seconds for the unthinkable to happen.
Volvo’s aim is to help drivers be better and reduce the risk of a crash happening. The Volvo EX90 comes with an invisible shield of safety that includes the brand’s latest sensing technology, allowing the car to understand your state of mind and the world around.
On the outside, the new Volvo EX90 will feature state-of-the-art sensors such as cameras, radars and L R. These are all powered by our core computing platform and software that work together to create a 360-degree real-time view of the world.
These sensors don’t get tired or distracted and are designed to respond and react when you’re just a millisecond too late. Volvo’s LiDAR senses the road in front of you, whether it’s day or night and at highway speeds. It can see small objects hundreds of metres ahead, creating more time to inform, act and avoid.
As the Volvo EX90 cars hit the road, the company will learn from the data they generate. Volvo’s research indicates that the software and sensors can help reduce accidents that result in serious injury or death by up to 20 percent.
Likewise, Volvo estimates that they can even improve overall crash avoidance by up to 9 percent, which could lead to millions of accidents avoided over time. That would be a big step in safety and for mankind.
A Watchful Guardian
On the inside, Volvo’s invisible shield of safety features sensors and cameras. These are powered by its in-house-developed algorithms and gauge eye gaze concentration. The technology allows the EX90 to see when you’re distracted, tired or otherwise inattentive, beyond what has been possible in a Volvo car to date.
The car will alert you, first softly nudging, then more insistent if needed. If the unthinkable happens and you fall asleep or are taken ill while driving, the EX90 is designed to safely stop and call for help.
All of these features are so reassuring when it comes to safety. It’s good to see technology being used in a positive way that truly helps the end user in the real world. We will bring you full details of Volvo’s new all-electric flagship when they are officially released on 9 November.
Not only is Volvo designing the safest cars in the world, they are also one of the leaders when it comes to the transition to zero-emissions electric vehicles. Last year, the company announced it plans to become a fully electric car company by 2030.