Volvo XC90 to get SAE Level 4 self-driving tech
Volvo CEO Henrik Green said in a recent car magazine interview that the next generation of XC90 SUVs will take advantage of a SAE Level 4 self-driving system. Similar systems will eventually be implemented in other Volvo models.
The technology is called Highway Assist. According to Green, it will be able to take people to their respective destinations even if they accidentally fall asleep in the car. To accomplish that, it will download navigation data straight from the Volvo cloud servers, thus avoiding the use of the V2X network protocol.
All next-gen Volvo ХС90 SUVs will come with the self-driving feature support. The premiere isn’t happening until at least three years from now, however, and the manufacturer hopes to use this time to obtain all the necessary state permissions. Failing that, the autopilot feature will only be legal on dedicated testing grounds and tracks – hardly the intended outcome.
The current generation of Volvo ХС90 has been around since 2014. The off-roader series comes equipped with a semi-autonomous driving system which works both in the country (speed-limited to 130 km/h, or 80 mph) and in the urban environment (but only as long as there is proper road marking).