Best of Both: Volvo teases EX90 safety features ahead of Nov. launch, combining cameras and LiDAR

North Carolina, United States — Ahead of the launch of its highly anticipated all-electric EX90 SUV this November, Volvo has teased the safety system that will live inside the new vehicle, which the company says will feature eight cameras, five radars, 16 ultrasonic sensors, and a LiDAR sensor.

The Swedish automaker boasts that its proprietary safety system will prove to be “one of the most advanced sensor sets on the market,” with the capability of detecting pedestrians from up to 250 metres away.

Additionally, Volvo says its system is not solely dependent on the use of light, like a traditional camera system, but uses a carefully designed combination of sensors and cameras to ensure the vehicle performs equally well at night as during the day.

LiDAR has been shown to reduce the frequency of severe accidents by up to 20 percent, according to the Volvo Cars Traffic Accident Database, with the potential to cut up to nine percent of collisions overall.

Joachim de Verdier, Volvo’s head of safe vehicle automation, said in the company’s press release that he feels this new safety system will bring the EX90, and the rest of Volvo’s model lineup, to a new peak of safety performance.

“We believe the EX90 to be the safest Volvo car to ever hit the road,” he said.

“We are fusing our understanding of the outside environment with our more detailed understanding of driver attention. When all our safety systems, sensors, software and computing power come together, they create a preventative shield of safety around you—and you won’t even know it’s there until you need it.”

The Volvo EX90 is set to be officially unveiled on Nov. 9.

Check out the video below of Volvo Cars CEO, Jim Rowan, officially unveiling the next generation of Volvo safety systems.


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