Volvo has spent decades building a reputation based on having the latest and best safety equipment. The automaker is working to move that reputation forward another step by adding automatic steering to the big list of accident avoidance features in the new 2018 Volvo XC60 SUV.
According to Volvo, adding their automatic braking to cars in Sweden has lead to a 45 percent decline in rear-end collisions. By adding automatic steering to that system, that number could drop even further. With the new system, Volvo Senior Safety Director Malin Ekholm says that the company is "determined to take the next step in reducing avoidable collisions."
Steering assist is being added to the City Safety system of the XC60. If the automatic braking system determines that it can't stop, then the car will automatically steer into a safer path. As part of City Safety, steering assistance will work between 50 and 100 km/h.
On the highway, at speeds from 60-140 km/h, the Oncoming Lane Mitigation system will steer you back into your lane if you leave it. That will keep you on the pavement, and out of the path of oncoming vehicles. The Blind Spot Information System gets the self-steer upgrade as well. If it detects that you're about to turn into a vehicle in your blind spot, then it will steer you back into your lane. Ekholm says it's all part of Volvo's goal "that no one will be killed or seriously injured in a new Volvo car by the year 2020."
The XC60 will be revealed at the Geneva Motor Show next month.