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XC60 to showcase latest Volvo semi-autonomous safety tech

Volvo has published a teaser image of its forthcoming XC60 SUV as it reveals details of the new safety technology that will be onboard.

Teaser image of new Volvo XC60

Teaser image of new Volvo XC60

Set to rival models such as the BMW X3 and Audi Q5, the new midsize SUV will be revealed at the Geneva Motor Show. Although Volvo has released few details of the new model, which will be built on the same modular chassis as the XC90, the carmaker has announced that it will feature three new advanced driver-assistance features that showcase its work towards fully autonomous cars.

This includes updated City Safety tech, which now includes steering support alongside automatic braking to help avoid a potential collision. Steering support is active between 50-100kph (31-62mph).

Volvo has also added a system called Oncoming Lane Mitigation, which helps drivers to avoid collisions with vehicles in an oncoming lane. The system senses when the vehicle is out of its lane and automatically guides it back in. The technology is active between 60-140kph (37-87mph).

Volvo has also updated the optional Blind Spot Information System to include steer assist functionality that also senses when the car is not correctly within a lane and takes action.

Malin Ekholm, senior director, Volvo Cars’ Safety Centre, said: “All three of these new features represent clear steps in our work towards fully autonomous cars. We have all of the benefits of the safety technology we introduced in our larger 90 series cars in the new XC60. This is fully in-line with our strategic approach to develop automotive safety systems based on real-life, real-road safety. Our vision is that no one will be killed or seriously injured in a new Volvo car by the year 2020.”

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Natalie Middleton

Natalie has worked as a fleet journalist for 16 years, previously as assistant editor on the former Company Car magazine before joining Fleet World in 2006. Prior to this, she worked on a range of B2B titles, including Insurance Age and Insurance Day. As Business Editor, Natalie ensures the group websites and newsletters are updated with the latest news.