Volvo's 'cage' will make you safest on the road
VOLVO says a new hi-tech 'cage' will take them a long way to fulfilling their pledge that, by 2020, no one should be killed or seriously injured in a new model of theirs.
The technology in the new Scalable Product Architecture (SPA) means greater protection, it claims.
It reminds us that hot-formed boron steel made up just 7pc of the safety cage in the original XC90. The long-awaited new XC90 will have more than 40pc. That makes it stronger but no heavier.
It will also make it easier to add elements to the car because of the way they have devised the electrical architecture to accommodate new technology such as sensors, a microprocessor and camera advances.
They give the example of the radar for detecting a rear impact. It will also allow safety belts to be tightened in advance of the crash.
They can now add camera, radar and sensor technologies to different parts of the car to detect potential dangers at higher speeds.
These include detection and auto-brake for large animals and pedestrians when driving at night.
And we will have adaptive cruise control with steer assist, meaning the XC90 can automatically follow the vehicle ahead in queues.
This SPA is designed for technologies that let cars drive themselves and 'talk' to each other. They can even report on how much friction there is on the road.