All-new XC90: Innovative IntelliSafe solutions make tricky parking and tight maneuvers safer and easier
- Automatic bay parking and parallel parking
- Digital display provides 360° bird’s eye view of area around the car
Designed around modern car buyers’ expectations of smart functionality, the all-new Volvo XC90 features a set of innovative solutions that make tricky parking situations and maneuvering in tight spaces much easier.
The IntelliSafe support technologies include an extended Park Assist Pilot, which now offers automatic reversing into a parking bay as well as entering and exiting a parallel parking spot. The XC90 can also display a digitally-created, 360° bird’s eye view of the area around the car on the large center display.
“Several studies by research institutes reveal that up to two-thirds of interviewed motorists feel uncomfortable in tight parking situations. Options such as the extended Park Assist Pilot and bird’s eye view function turn these potentially stressful situations into comfortable, precise and safe maneuverings,” says Dr. Peter Mertens, Senior Vice President Research and Development of Volvo Car Group.
The latest Park Assist Pilot feature facilitates both parallel and bay parking by taking over and operating the steering wheel while the driver handles the gearbox and controls the car’s speed.
Ultrasonic sensors detect the parking space
The parking maneuver is based on information from twelve ultrasonic sensors around the car. When the driver activates the Park Assist Pilot in a parallel parking situation, the sensors start to scan the side of the car for empty parking slots. When a parking slot measuring a minimum of 1.2 times the car’s length is detected, the driver is notified by an audible signal and a message in the instrument cluster. In a bay parking situation, the slot needs to be the width of the car plus one meter.
The display then guides the driver step-by-step via text and animations in the instrument cluster until the car is parked.
A bird’s eye view of the car
The all-new XC90 also features a 360° Surround View that gives the driver a bird’s eye view of the area surrounding the car
This bird’s eye view is enabled by four concealed fish-eye cameras – one integrated into the front, one integrated in each of the door mirrors and one fitted above the rear license plate.
The 360° Surround View also gives the driver comfortable access to other views of the surrounding area such as front, rear and side views.
“The 360° Surround View is exceptionally useful in situations where the driver’s direct view is obstructed, such as leaving a tight driveway with obstacles on the sides or when reversing towards a trailer or caravan,” says Dr. Peter Mertens. “360° Surround View also provides great support during parking, for instance when you want to make sure that all parts of the car are within the lines of a parking spot.”
Cross Traffic Alert
The outstanding IntelliSafe solutions in the all-new XC90 also include Cross Traffic Alert, which covers the driver’s back when reversing out of a parking space. It warns of approaching traffic up to 30 meters on each side, alerting the driver with an audible signal and a warning on the center screen.
Canary Islands test run as three from fleet go head to head
ALICANTE, Spain, July 16 – Three Volvo Ocean Race 2014-15 crews – Team SCA, Team Brunel and the Spanish challengers – will go head to head in the first competitive clash of the new one-design Volvo Ocean 65s in the Round Canary Islands Race from Saturday.
The 650-nautical mile race around the seven Canary Islands starting and finishing at Marina Rubicón in Lanzarote is expected to take three days to complete and will give an early indication of form for half of the Volvo Ocean Race fleet so far announced before the event begins on October 4.
At opposite ends of the scale in terms of preparation, Iker Martínez’s Spanish-backed boat will take on two of the most-practised crews in the fleet: the all-women’s crew of Team SCA and Bouwe Bekking’s Team Brunel.
Martínez, who was this week confirmed as the skipper of a campaign that has yet to announce its main title sponsor, knows he faces a major challenge to catch up on his rival sailors who in some cases have had more than a year’s extra experience handling the new Volvo Ocean 65s.
As least he will not be short of serious racing know-how on board after the French offshore iconic figure of Michel Desjoyeaux joined the crew for the Canary Islands test as part of his new role as a senior advisor for the team.
“It’s a big challenge – not only because the Volvo Ocean Race is such a long and tough race for all the crew members – but also because we know we do not have much time left before the first leg start on October 11,” said Martínez who was skipper of fourth-placed Telefónica in the 2011-12 edition.
“We know that we’re really pressed for time and the other teams are far ahead in terms of preparation but we are working hard to make up the difference.”
Bekking, a six-time veteran of the Volvo Ocean Race, was meanwhile hungrily anticipating a return to competitive sailing after a spell of relative relaxation for his Dutch-backed boat.
“We had two busy months in the Netherlands where the focus was mainly on public relations and sailing with sponsors. Everyone is happy to be back – the focus is again on performance and optimising the boat,” he said.
In contrast, under the strict Volvo Ocean Race rules, Team Alvimedica and Abu Dhabi Ocean Racing are not competing against each other as they cross the Atlantic from Newport, Rhode Island to the United Kingdom and are forbidden from closing to within two miles.
The crews have lately been bedevilled by a lack of wind and Abu Dhabi skipper Ian Walker summed up the situation succinctly: “What was a race north, is now a race east, which has brought Team Alvimedica right back into the race.
“We’re making our way east but just not very quickly”
While their five rivals are embracing the chance to put in some serious miles in the open sea, meanwhile, Dongfeng Race team are convinced that in-shore drills are the secret to improvements for their largely rookie crew which includes four Chinese newcomers.
They have been in the safe hands of in-shore coach Thierry Péponnet, the Olympic 470 champion in Seoul 1988.
“The purpose of doing so much in-shore training is because we think that is the best way to work on our communication onboard,” said team boss Bruno Dubois. “We feel that if we use the same momentum and procedures off-shore as we do in-shore then that’s better.”
Volvo Named Best Design Award Winner By Auto Express Readers
- Auto Express readers have named the Volvo Concept Estate as winner of the year’s best design award
- Robin Page, British-born Director of Interior Design at Volvo Car Group, collected Best Design trophy at London awards ceremony last night
- Concept Estate previews new design direction for Volvo’s forthcoming XC90
The Volvo Concept Estate car that made its debut earlier this year at the Geneva Motor Show has been named the year’s best automotive design by Auto Express readers.
The concept, which previews Volvo’s new design direction and its forthcoming all-new XC90 SUV, was named Best Design award winner during its New Car Awards 2014 ceremony in London last night.
The Volvo Concept Estate triumphed in a hotly contested category, beating competition from 14 rival designs, including the Jaguar F-Type, BMW i8 and Land Rover Discovery Vision Concept.
The interior of the car attracted particular praise for its simple, elegant design, which removes visual clutter from the cabin by minimising the number of buttons on the fascia and replacing them with an intuitive touch-screen located in the centre of the dash. This, together with the use of high quality, natural materials – including an Orrefors crystal gearlever – are all themes that will be reflected in the luxurious interior design of the new Volvo XC90, to be revealed in August.
British-born Robin Page, Director of Interior Design at Volvo Car Group, accepted the Best Design award trophy at the ceremony, saying: "I am delighted to receive this award, on behalf of the design team, in recognition of the successful design of the Volvo Concept Estate. This concept was created to illustrate our new design language, enabling the world to have an insight into our future design vision."
Steve Fowler, Editor-in-Chief of Auto Express, said: “Our readers’ reaction to the recent Volvo concepts, especially the Volvo Concept Estate, bodes well for the next generation of Volvos starting with the new XC90. And we have to agree with our readers – the Concept Estate is one of the most striking cars we’ve seen for a very long time and certainly one of the best designed Volvos.”
The all-new Volvo XC90 will be the first car built on Volvo’s new SPA (Scalable Product Architecture) platform and will feature the new range of efficient four-cylinder Drive-E petrol and diesel engines.
The flagship model will be a new twin engine plug-in hybrid model, badged T8, that is an electric car, a hybrid car and a high performance car rolled into one. It will offer up to 400hp but have carbon dioxide emissions of around 60g/km (NEDC cycle) – making it the world’s most powerful and cleanest SUV.
UK buyers will also be able to have the all-wheel-drive, seven-seat XC90 with a choice of two highly fuel efficient diesel engines – a 190hp D4 (up to 57mpg on combined cycle) and a 225hp D5 model (47mpg combined).
The all-new Volvo XC90 will be revealed to the world in August.