The redesigned Volvo XC60 will debut this week at the Geneva auto show with three new advanced driver assistance features that provide automatic steering assistance or support -- when needed -- to help avoid collisions.
The XC60's City Safety system has been updated to include steering assistance, which engages when automatic braking alone would not help avoid a potential collision with a vehicle, pedestrian or large animal. The steering support is active between 31 and 62 mph.
Volvo also has added a system called Oncoming Lane Mitigation, which helps drivers avoid collisions with vehicles in the oncoming lane. The system alerts a driver who has drifted out of the lane and automatically steers the vehicle out of the path of any oncoming vehicle. This system works between 37 and 87 mph.
These two systems are standard in the new XC60.
The third safety technology, which is optional, is called Blind Spot Information System. Along with alerting a driver to the presence of a vehicle in the blind spot, the system has been upgraded to steer the vehicle back into its own lane and away from danger.
"All three of these new features represent clear steps in our work toward fully autonomous cars," Malin Ekholm, senior director of Volvo's safety center, said in a release. "We have all of the benefits of the safety technology we introduced in our larger 90-series cars in the new XC60."
Those features include a system that prevents the vehicle from running off the road and protects the driver if such an accident is unavoidable as well as Volvo's optional semiautonomous driver support and convenience system, Pilot Assist, which can steer and brake the vehicle through a traffic jam as well as help control the vehicle when driving on the highway.
The XC60 goes on sale this year.