Volvo has announced that a number of new safety features will make their debut on the new Volvo XC90 due at the end of 2014.

The new technologies are:

Pedestrian Detection in darkness

Volvo say this feature is a world first.  The system can detect pedestrians, cyclists and other vehicles and automatically apply the brakes in order to avoid a collision, even at night.

Road edge and barrier detection with steer assist

This system detects if the vehicle is about to drive off the road and automatically steers the vehicle back on track.  The system can detect the edge of the road, even where there are no side markings.

Adaptive Cruise Control with steer assist

This system measures the vehicle’s distance from the car in front and automatically adjusts the car’s speed to match.  It also maintains the vehicle’s position within its lane automatically.

Animal Detection

Another world first, the system detects and automatically brakes for animals in the road both in daylight and at night.

Car 2 Car Communication

As part of Volvo’s Vision 2020 to ensure no-one should be killed or injured in a new Volvo, the Car 2 Car system allows vehicles to communicate with each other as well as road systems such as road signs and traffic lights.

Autonomous Parking

Autonomous Parking allows a car to find an empty space in a car park and manoeuvre into it by itself.  This means the driver can leave the vehicle at the entrance to the car park, leaving the car to to deal with the business of parking.  Furthermore, the system would also be capable of meeting the driver at the exit to the car park when they are ready to leave.

“When the first XC90 was introduced in 2002, it featured a number of ground-breaking safety features, including a world-first solution that helps prevent roll-overs. By revealing a number of systems for the next generation XC90 we once again confirm our leadership in automotive safety,” says Thomas Broberg, Senior Safety Advisor Volvo Car Group.