By Dustin Hawley
Volvo’s all-electric flagship SUV, the new EX90, will be revealed on November 9th, and the standard safety in the newest model will exceed that of any Volvo that preceded it.
The new Volvo EX90 is a car designed to understand drivers and their surroundings in an effort to keep them, their passengers, and others in traffic safe. Volvo’s new technology is focused on understanding human behavior based on both outside sources and the company’s own safety research. The system can also get more intelligent and safer over time, learning from new data and receiving updates.
Additionally, the EX90 comes with an invisible shield of safety that includes Volvo’s latest sensing technology, which allows the vehicle to understand a driver’s state of mind and the world around them.
State-of-the art sensors, including cameras, radars, and LiDAR work in tandem to create a 360-degree real-time view. LiDAR technology senses the road in front of you, regardless of the time of day and also at highway speeds. It has the ability to see small objects hundreds of feet ahead, creating more time for the system to inform the vehicle to act and avoid.
Volvo’s research indicates that its software and sensors could help reduce accidents that result in serious injury or death by up to 20 percent. The automaker also estimates that it can even improve overall crash avoidance by up to 9 percent, which could lead to a reduction of millions of accidents over time.
Inside the new EX90, Volvo’s invisible shield of safety also looks out for drivers by utilizing special sensors and cameras powered by in-house developed algorithms that gauge eye gaze concentration. This technology enables the EX90 to see when a driver is distracted, fatigued, or otherwise inattentive by alerting them with a soft nudge, with a more insistent alert action if needed. In the event that a driver fell asleep or had a medical event while driving, the EX90 is designed to stop itself safely and call for help.
Volvo plans to release further details about its all-electric flagship in the coming weeks before the global reveal on November 9th.