The use of automatic emergency braking systems can go a long way towards enhancing the safety of motorists on the road but sometimes that is just not enough. Brakes cannot control the direction in which the car is moving and this is where the new automatic steering developed by Volvo comes in for avoiding accidents.
Volvo’s new feature called Oncoming Lane Mitigation will be able to recognize oncoming vehicles and help steer the vehicle back into the correct lane if the driver inadvertently crosses into a lane of oncoming traffic. It will work at speeds ranging from 37 to 87 mph.
Along with this feature, the Swedish brand will also be rolling out updated versions of its blind-spot monitoring system and City Safety suite of driver assists. The City Safety system involves automatic braking and sensing of vehicles, large animals and pedestrians at speeds from 31 to 62 mph and when in used in tandem with the new Oncoming Lane Mitigation feature will help avoid accidents. Vehicles will no longer just apply the brakes to avoid a collision but will also be steered out of the path of an oncoming vehicle. Volvo’s blind-spot monitoring system, earlier just served to alert drivers to any vehicles alongside, but will work along with the automatic steering feature to apply opposite steering force to prevent hitting the car.
Volvo will be launching the upgraded City Safety suite, bind-spot monitoring system and the new Oncoming Lane Mitigation system on the new XC60 crossover which will be officially revealed to the world at the Geneva Motor Show.
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