Volvo City Safety Technology Guide

Volvo City Safety Technology Guide

Volvo City Safety is a driver support system designed to alert drivers to other vehicles, pedestrians, or cyclists that may suddenly emerge in front of your vehicle without warning. City Safety technology is always looking out for you, helping drivers avoid low speed accidents while moving in slow, stop-and-go traffic.

Volvo City Safety Camera Radar System

How does Volvo City Safety work?

Volvo City Safety technology incorporates the use of a camera and radar unit mounted at the top of the windshield, just in front of the interior rear-view mirror. From there, radar is used to scan for and determine exactly where objects are and their movement. Should it detect potential danger ahead, the system will alert drivers and prepare the braking system to come to a stop if needed. Volvo has a goal of having no serious injuries or deaths of Volvo drivers by 2020.

Volvo City Safety Features

Volvo City Safety Features

Volvo City Safety Auto Brake Technology

Collision Avoidance Automatic Braking

Once a potential collision is detected, the system will alert the driver early enough to react and minimize or avoid the impact. Lights are flashed upwards onto the windscreen in the driver's sight line along with an audible alert.

Should the driver be too slow or fail to react in time, Volvo City Safety will automatically deploy the braking system at 50% strength. As the object in front gets closer, full braking will be applied to bring the vehicle to a complete stop. Another key aspect of City Safety is that the system will not intervene if the driver actively steers the vehicle or applies the brakes themselves.

Below are a few scenarios where Volvo City Safety will react accordingly.

  • Cyclists or pedestrians crossing the path of your vehicle or swerving in front of it. Depending on the scenario, Volvo City Safety can help mitigate the effects of the collision or avoid it altogether if speeds are 28 MPH or below.
  • Oncoming vehicles including motorcycles and bicycles, as the driver turns left. Volvo City Safety is able to recognize the likelihood of a collision and react accordingly.
  • Vehicles (including motorcycles) traveling in the same direction as your vehicle. The automatic braking system will assist in reducing the consequences of the collision if relative speeds between the two vehicles is 31 MPH or below.
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