Volvo formalizes the existence of its 100% electric SUV, the EX90, successor to the XC90. It will be presented on November 9. However, the brand reveals some very interesting elements, especially on the security side, with the presence of a LiDAR.
Currently, Volvo’s 100% electric offer boils down to two models: the “small” SUV XC40 Recharge and its cut-off version, the C40 Recharge. We know that the Swedish brand is about to hit hard with the successor to the XC90. In fact, the brand recently revealed elements concerning the future interface of its flagship. And this Wednesday, September 21, Volvo went further, formalizing the existence of the EX90, the 100% electric successor to the XC90.
The safest Volvo ever
In an online press conference, Volvo said the EX90 will be revealed in detail on November 9. Your future high-end SUV will have a level of safety that ” goes far beyond any other Volvo vehicle“. In other words, the upcoming EX90 will be the safest vehicle in the Volvo lineup.
To do this, the Swedish manufacturer relies heavily on LiDAR, which Elon Musk can’t see in the paintwork of his Teslas. In fact, the EX90 will integrate a LiDAR to monitor the road, day and night, up to authorized road speeds, thanks to laser scanning. There will also be cameras and radars around the vehicle to recreate a 360 degree environment.
According to Volvo, LiDAR, integrated into the roof, ” can detect pedestrians up to 250 meters away and an object as small and dark as a tire on the road up to 120 meters away“.
Volvo then announced a 20% drop in fatal or serious accidents and a 9% reduction in collision risk. That’s less than Tesla indicates in its accidentology figures, but which are a little biased nonetheless, as we’ve already analyzed.
Inside, Volvo will also integrate new sensors into the EX90. The concentration of the driver’s gaze will thus be monitored by cameras and sensors to avoid any risk of falling asleep. In case of discomfort, the car will stop by itself and notify the emergency services.
The passenger compartment will be protected from the outside by a new filtering system. Sensors will also be able to monitor the car’s interior in case of absence and, in particular, alert the driver if a passenger is forgotten. In particular, babies are forgotten in the cabin in midsummer, which could be avoided thanks to this future system, as Volvo suggests in its advertisement video.
Remember that Volvo made in 2007 the commitment that ” no one should ever be killed or seriously injured in a new Volvo“. This is one of the reasons why all Volvos are now limited to 180 km/h.
On the way to autonomous driving
Of course, all these sensors can also be used for autonomous driving. And indeed, Volvo briefly addressed the matter, evoking the ” next technology for autonomous driving“. However, patience will be required as this will be introduced on the EX90” after we have completed all of our security tests and obtained all necessary authorizations says Volvo.
In terms of design, the manufacturer hasn’t leaked too many details, and we’ve only managed to get a few illustrations that look like the leaked patent. It therefore appears that the EX90 retains a more conventional form than the 2021 Concept Recharge that this article illustrates. See you on November 9th to find out more and get the first official images of the Volvo EX90.
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