New Crossover Called Safest Volvo Ever

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For most carmakers – concept cars are created for buzz and intrigue. Not so with Volvo Cars – known for getting its concept cars into production and to market as quickly as possible.

Nothing speaks to that more than the new XC60 which is now making its North American debut at the New York Auto Show which runs until March 30th.

The new crossover – called Volvo’s safest ever yet – blends together some of the key elements in Volvo concept cars over the last few years: sensors to detect a driver’s heartbeat, side-impact collision; sensors and cameras that alert the driver to approaching lights – and – for the first time ever, the “City Safety System,” which is standard in the new vehicle.

The City Safety System is a low speed accident prevention system that will help reduce or eliminate whiplash injuries and vehicle damages from impacts below 18 miles per hour. Using forward sensing laser radar, coupled with intelligent software that calculates situations at the rate of 50 times per second City Safety is a benefit not only to the Volvo it is fitted to but the driver in lead vehicle.

Car Safety can help avoid or reduce the effects of low-speed crashes common in heavy traffic. If the car is about to strike the vehicle in front and the driver doesn’t react, the car automatically applies the brakes.