Volvo’s new CEO, Jim Rowan, who has been at the helm for just over 100 days, announced on Wednesday that his new SUV, the EX90, will be released on November 9 and is “our first Volvo car in a new era – born electric, born with lidar.
“All Volvo EX90s will be fitted with an Invisible Safety Shield – a unique combination of the latest technology fueled by understanding the environment outside the car and the driver’s condition inside,” it said. he declares.
“With state-of-the-art sensors and software, our next car will be able to see the world in Point Cloud. These sensors are powered by Volvo Cars’ unique combination of advanced computing and software to enable improved safety in the digital age, as the three-point seat belt did in the late 1950s. The safety standard of our next car will exceed all other Volvo cars and we will continue to innovate until May there be no more collisions, until there are no more collisions and until we are 100% carbon free to protect even more lives.”
The EX90s will be equipped with eight cameras, five radars, 16 ultrasonic sensors and a “state-of-the-art” lidar sensor to create a 360-degree real-time view. Rowan said the lidar will be in the roofline and is a precision light-activated radar system that measures distance with a pulsed laser.
Volvo spokesman Thomas McIntyre Schultz told Repairer Driven News that the EX90’s systems will be controlled (called central computing) by a single central computer system rather than several separate smaller ECUs and computers. And Point Cloud Vision, via lidar, “will be used to enhance advanced driver assistance systems as it helps detect objects and create 3D point clouds, allowing the car to see at beyond human reach. Equipped with lidar and an AI-driven supercomputer as standard hardware and coupled with continuous software updates, our next-generation Volvo cars will be increasingly capable intervene if necessary to help prevent collisions.
Rowan said Volvo’s lidar “detects the road ahead in daylight or in total darkness at highway speeds. Something as small and non-reflective as a black tire on a black road at 120 meters in front of you, or a pedestrian at 250 meters [820 feet].”
He noted that at 120 kph, or around 75 mph, 250 meters is 7.5 seconds, which is “more time to act and avoid collisions”.
In results released last month, only four of 23 vehicles passed the first nighttime test of automatic pedestrian emergency braking (PAEB) systems conducted by the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety (IIHS). More than half got a basic score or no credit. IIHS President David Harkey noted that “automakers can rise to this new challenge, as Ford, Nissan and Toyota each get higher ratings for certain models.”
Volvo said the aim of its new safety features is “to help people become better drivers by being there when they’re not at their best”.
Volvo’s research, based on its traffic accident database, indicates that their software and sensors could help reduce crashes resulting in serious injury or death by up to 20% and the OEM estimates that their vehicles can improve overall crash avoidance by up to 9%. %, or “millions of accidents avoided over time”.
“It would be a leap in safety that we haven’t seen in a very long time,” Rowan said.
And not only will the EX90 know what’s going on outside the vehicle, it’ll also know what’s going on inside with the driver thanks to new sensor technology and dual cameras that measure eye focus. . By measuring how long the driver looks at the road ahead, taking into account natural variations, the system understands when the driver’s eyes are focused away from driving.
Rowan said the vehicle will be able to tell when drivers are distracted, tired or need a break and will send out a warning signal that will increase in volume if necessary. If a driver fell ill or fell asleep, the EX90 would safely stop, turn on its hazard warning lights and call for help.
“Our research shows that by simply observing where the driver is looking and how often and for how long their eyes are closed, we can tell a lot about the driver’s condition,” said Volvo senior technical expert Emma Tivesten. Cars Safety Center, in a report. “Basing its calculations on the results of our research, the sensing system allows our cars to identify if the driver’s ability is impaired, perhaps due to drowsiness, distraction or other causes of inattention, and to offer further assistance in a manner that best suits the situation.”
The car’s capacitive steering wheel also plays a role, Volvo says, by detecting if the driver lets go of the steering wheel and monitoring steering stability. The EX90 will also be equipped with an interior radar detection system to remind drivers when other occupants remain inside the vehicle.
McIntyre Schultz told RDN that, as with all its current models, the EX90’s warranty will only remain valid if it is repaired in Volvo-certified workshops. Asked about the development and access to OEM repair procedures for the EX90, he said more information will be shared in future announcements.
In a press release following Rowan’s announcement, Volvo said the EX90 may also become smarter and safer over time as it learns new data and receives updates. Volvo has yet to release photos of the EX90 and the OEM has promised more details on the new all-electric model in the coming weeks ahead of its November debut.
Volvo didn’t provide any details on Wednesday about Ride Pilot, an autonomous feature the OEM says will be on its all-electric flagship SUV. In January, Volvo said that once available, it can be activated over-the-air via a subscription.
Feature image: Jim Rowan, CEO of Volvo Cars (Credit: Volvo)