Volvo Cars’ upcoming all-electric SUV top model comes with groundbreaking safety technology that aims to save even more lives.
And at the same time, it sets a whole new standard for car safety.
The fully electric successor to Volvo Cars ‘XC90, which will be launched in 2022, comes with advanced sensors, including LiDAR technology developed by Luminar and an autonomous on-board computer with NVIDIA DRIVE Orin’ system-on-a-chip as standard.
By combining this advanced hardware with Volvo, Zenseact and Luminar software, Volvo Cars aims to reduce the number of traffic fatalities and accidents.
“Volvo Cars is and has always been a leader in safety. We are now defining the next level of car safety, ”says Håkan Samuelsson, CEO of Volvo Cars. “By having this hardware as standard, we can continuously improve safety functions via the cloud and introduce advanced, autonomous driving systems, which helps to strengthen our leadership position in safety.”
Improved safety technology must prevent collisions
With the new safety package, Volvo Cars aims to reduce collisions, and the pace of reduction is expected to accelerate over time with the help of software updates via the cloud. The new technologies are also designed to specifically handle the traffic situations that result in many of the other serious injuries and deaths that occur today.
“As part of our ambition to deliver ever safer cars, our long-term goal is to completely avoid collisions,” says Technology Manager Henrik Green. “As we continually improve our security technology with cloud updates, we expect collisions to become more and more rare, and we hope to save more lives.”
Once implemented, the technology is expected to improve over time so that the car will help improve the driver’s capabilities in safety-critical situations. Where prior technology has largely relied on alerting the driver to potential and immediate threats, over time this new safety technology will increasingly intervene as needed to prevent collisions.
In addition to the sensor package and the performance of the AI computer, Volvo’s upcoming top model also comes with back-up systems for key functions such as steering and braking, making it hardware-ready for safe, unattended, autonomous driving.
Strong collaboration with technological frontrunners
The interplay between LiDAR technology, software and backup systems will enable the Highway Pilot functionality developed internally together with Zenseact – a Volvo Cars’ company for the development of autonomous driving software. Highway Pilot, an autonomous driving function for use on motorways and available as an option, will be activated for customers once the function has been safety approved and legalized by the relevant authorities.
Earlier this year, Volvo Cars announced that it will use NVIDIA technology to centralize data processing. The core computer and the autonomous on-board computer, both controlled by NVIDIA technology, will eventually enable the cars to be more secure with the help of the cloud updates, while providing the necessary computing power for vision and LiDAR processing.
The new safety technology illustrates Volvo Cars’ dedication to collaborating with technological frontrunners such as Luminar, NVIDIA and Zenseact, all while the company strives to deliver the best possible and safest cars to its customers. These and other partnerships provide Volvo Cars with a strong technological foundation in a rapidly transforming industry.
Source: IT-Kanalen by it-kanalen.dk.
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