The new Volvo XC90 will feature a series of innovative solutions designed to help the driver to navigate tricky parking situations and manoeuvre the car in confined spaces. IntelliSafe assistive technologies now includes an extended Parking Assist Pilot. How has this evolved? This assistance can now not only parallel park, but now perpendicularly, just as you might in a shopping mall parking lot. It can even back into a parking spot. The vehicle also displays an overview of the area around the vehicle on the car's large central screen, giving the driver a bird's eye view of everything that can be found around the vehicle, including potential obstructions or pedestrians.
The new XC90 senses it's bearings thanks to only twelve ultrasonic sensors that are scattered around the perimeter of the vehicle. When the driver activates the Park Assist Pilot, sensors begin scanning the sides of the vehicle, in search of an available parking space. Once the system detects a space that is at least 1.2 times the length of the vehicle, a signal sounds and a message appears on the instrument cluster. When parking perpendicularly, the available space must be at least one metre wider than the vehicle.
Afterwards, all the driver needs to do is follow the instructions on the dashboard. The driver will still need to control the gear shifter and control the speed of the vehicle, while the system handles the driving. The system will continue to guide the driver step by step through text and animations until the vehicle is safely parked.
The overhead view is made possible thanks to the presence of four concealed fish-eye cameras: one on the front, one positioned on each side mirror and the fourth located above the rear license plate. The system takes these four images and creates a bird's eye view, thus helping the driver park in tight spots. It resolves all of the blind spot issues when parking.
The IntelliSafe system also includes a cross-traffic alert when reversing the vehicle. This alert can detect the approach of a vehicle up to 30 metres away on each side. It then beeps and displays a warning on the central screen.
Dr Peter Mertens, Senior Vice President Research and Development of Volvo Car Group said "several studies by research institutes reveal that up to two-thirds of interviewed motorists feel uncomfortable in tight parking situations. Options such as the extended Park Assist Pilot and bird’s-eye view function turn these potentially stressful situations into comfortable, precise and safe manoeuvring."
By Linda Aylesworth - autoExpert.ca