Over the past few years, Volvo has continued to test its autonomous driving technology as part of its goal to prevent anyone from being killed or injured in a Volvo by the year 2020. Volvo is now one step closer to that reality with the introduction of the all-new 2017 S90 sedan, which is Volvo’s first production model to offer semi-autonomous technology.
The 2017 S90 is not yet a fully autonomous vehicle, but it does have the capability to keep the vehicle in its intended lane at speeds up to 80 mph via small steering inputs. The Pilot Assist technology will be great for the commute to and from work, since it will help take over some of the driving tasks. The S90 also debuts a new function to Volvo’s City Safety system- large animal detection – a system capable of detecting large animals such as elk, horses or moose, night or day.
When the Volvo S90 arrives sometime next year it will also be offered with the same plug-in hybrid powertrain as the XC90 SUV. The 400 horsepower T8 Twin Engine system generates the power that you’d expect from a large V8 engine, but with the fuel efficiency of a small four-cylinder engine.
Volvo is going to officially reveal the 2017 S90 to the public at the 2016 Detroit Auto Show next month, where we’ll likely get other details, including the electric driving range of the S90 plug-in hybrid.
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