Pedestrian Detection with Full Auto Brake, which was introduced in the new Volvo S60 and V60, is now also available in the Volvo XC60.
This is a support function that helps the driver detect potentially dangerous situations and can actively help avoid the nightmare scenario of colliding with a pedestrian.
Pedestrian collisions occur on a daily basis in the increasingly intensive traffic environment. For instance, 16 percent of all those killed in traffic in Sweden are pedestrians. The corresponding figure for the USA is 11 percent, Germany is at 13 percent and in China the figure is as high as up to 25 percent.
Pedestrian Detection with Full Auto Brake uses radar and camera technology to watch out for pedestrians in front of the car. The main purpose of the initial warning is to alert the driver so he or she can brake or steer out of the way. If the driver does not respond to the warning, the car automatically brakes with full force moments before the collision becomes unavoidable. With automatic braking, collisions can in certain circumstances be avoided at speeds of up to 35 km/h.
It is estimated that if all cars were fitted with Pedestrian Detection with Full Auto Brake the number of pedestrians killed would be able to be reduced by more than 20 percent. The corresponding figure for serious injuries is almost 30 percent. In three cases out of ten, the collision may be able to be entirely avoided. The estimates are based on pedestrians being hit by the front of the car.
Pedestrian Detection with Full Auto Brake doesn’t function in situations when the camera’s capacity is affected, for instance in the dark and in poor weather. It is always the driver that is responsible for driving safely.
Same infotainment system as the S60 and V60:
The Volvo XC60 is also being upgraded with an entirely new infotainment system where information from the audio system, navigation unit, mobile phone and other functions is presented in a five-inch or seven-inch colour screen in the upper part of the centre console.
This screen is positioned high up in the driver’s field of vision to make it easy to keep his or her eyes safely on the road.
All the functions can be operated via buttons built into the steering wheel or controls positioned immediately below the colour screen.
In addition, there is a separate remote control. At the same time, the XC60 gets the same type of centre stack and the same range of audio units as recently introduced in the Volvo S60 and V60.
The most advanced audio unit, Premium Sound, has a Class D digital 5x130W amplifier with circuits from Swedish experts Anaview, Dolby Digital in combination with Dolby Pro Logic II Surround, the latest MultEQ from Audyssey Laboratories and 12 loudspeakers.
In addition to Premium Sound, which comes with a seven-inch screen, there are three other audio systems to choose between.