Volvo’s all-new 2017 S90 sedan and upcoming 2018 V90 wagon, like the XC90 crossover introduced this past year, are packed with safety technology.
If you’re familiar with Volvo’s reputation, that’s probably no surprise. Volvo has been at the forefront in occupant safety for decades. In more recent years, though, the brand has stepped up with active-safety systems that use sophisticated processing and controls to, potentially, keep you out of trouble entirely.
Here are four the new S90 or V90 could make you a safer driver:
Pilot Assist, in 2017 Volvo S90
Pilot Assist, in 2017 Volvo S90Enlarge Photo
It can steer itself, perhaps more smoothly than you. With the S90 and V90, Volvo claims to have the world’s first autonomous-driving system that’s a standard feature. Engaged via a toggle button on the steering wheel, Pilot Assist lets you take advantage of high-resolution camera and processing systems that will not only maintain a speed and a safe following distance but study lane markings (and even the road edge, another world-first according to Volvo) to keep you moving along safely in your lane. And unlike the previous system, introduced in the XC90, it doesn’t need a “pilot” car to follow.
Tesla and Mercedes-Benz, through similar systems, allow lane changes with the turn signals and extended drives without your hands on the wheel. Volvo says its systems are capable of all that, but the automaker is being cautious and wants to make clear that this is a driver’s aid--aimed mainly at making sure you stay in your lane, even during short moments of inattention- and the responsibility still rests on the driver.