Volvo Cars have stated that the successor to their full-size SUV, the XC90, will be available only as a fully electric SUV. The Swedish automaker has planned to reveal this full-size SUV by the year 2022. However, no definitive information is provided by the automaker. Volvo claims that the next generation of the XC90 will come with state-of-the-art sensors, including LiDAR technology developed by Luminar and an autonomous driving computer powered by the NVIDIA DRIVE Orin™ system-on-a-chip, as standard. Volvo Cars have joined forces with Zenseact and Luminar software for the next generation of its well-established collision avoidance technology.
Volvo also claims that their successor to the XC90 SUV will offer industry-leading safety technology as standard. With this safety package as standard, the automaker aims to reduce collisions, and the reduction rate is anticipated to accelerate with time via over-the-air software updates. The new technologies are also designed to specifically address those traffic situations which result in a large portion of remaining severe injuries, and fatalities found today.
Once this technology is introduced in the cars, Volvo states that this technology will learn and adapt over time and allow the vehicle to assist and improve the capabilities of a human driver in safety-critical situations. In comparison, the current generation of this safety technology relies on warning the driver of potential dangers rather than intervening when needed to prevent collisions.
The successor to the XC90 will also develop back-up systems for crucial functions such as steering and braking that make the hardware ready for safe and unsupervised autonomous driving once available.
These back-up systems alongside LiDAR, compute and software will enable the Highway Pilot functionality, developed in-house and Volvo Cars’ autonomous driving software development company Zenseact. An autonomous driving feature for use on the motorways, the optional Highway Pilot, will be activated for customers when verified safe and legally allowed for individual geographic locations and conditions.
“In our ambition to deliver ever safer cars, our long-term aim is to achieve zero collisions and avoid crashes altogether,” said Henrik Green, chief technology officer. “As we improve our safety technology continuously through updates over the air, we expect collisions to become increasingly rare and hope to save more lives.”
In terms of the Swedish automaker’s plans for India, their portfolio currently consists of two sedans, the S60 and S90. In contrast, their SUV line-up consists of the XC40, XC60 and the XC90. Volvo has also confirmed the launch of their first full-electric SUV, the XC40 Recharge, in India in the coming months. But will Volvo launch this fully electric XC90 successor in India? It can only be confirmed after the global launch.