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Next-Generation City Safety (SPA) 

  • City Safety is now Volvo's name for all of our collision avoidance systems (low speed and high speed): 
  • Collision avoidance up to a relative speed of 31 mph (50 km/h) 
  • Collision mitigation at all speeds above 2.5 mph (4 km/h) 
  • Pedestrian and Cyclist Detection (now operates at night) 
  • New intersection braking (another Volvo world-first) 



  • May help avoid rear-end collisions and prevent whiplash-type injuries to passengers in the car ahead. 
  • May help avoid accidents when drivers are turning into intersections. 
  • Helps protect increasingly distracted drivers. 
  • May reduce customers’ cost of ownership due to reduced insurance rates and lower repair costs.



  • U.S. studies indicate that 50% of drivers involved in collisions have not tried to avoid the collision! And since 75% of all collisions occur at speeds of 10 mph (16 km/h) or less and 50% of these occur in city traffic situations, City Safety could prevent up to 50% of all rear-end collisions. 
  • City Safety consists of a compact, combined radar and camera unit behind the windshield that is designed to detect vehicles, cyclists, and pedestrians, both day and night. 
  • If a collision is imminent, the system warns the driver with a head-up light in the windshield, an audible warning sound, and a short, light brake pulse. At the same time, it prepares the brake system as well as the safety belts for immediate use. If the driver does not react or reacts too late, City Safety brakes the vehicle automatically. 
  • City Safety is active at all speeds over 2.5 mph (4 km/h). Up to a relative speed difference of 31 mph (50 km/h), accidents with other cars can be avoided; at higher speed differences, collisions are mitigated. 
  • Drivers can take control and brake and/or steer away at any time. The safety belts and the brakes are prepared for a collision, so if the driver takes action, they deliver immediate, maximum performance. 
  • The All-New XC90 has world-first technology that automatically brakes if the driver turns in front of an oncoming car. This is a common scenario at busy city crossings as well as on highways, where speed limits are higher. 
  • If a cyclist swerves into or crosses the path of the vehicle, or is stationary in the path of the car, the vehicle warns the driver and brakes automatically if the driver does not act. These cyclist collisions can be avoided at speeds up to 31 mph (50 km/h) and a speed differential between the Volvo and the cyclist of 25 mph (40 km/h). At higher speed differentials, the collision is mitigated. 
  • If a pedestrian moves into or crosses the path of the Volvo, or is stationary in its path, the Volvo warns the driver and brakes automatically if the driver does not act. Pedestrian collisions can be avoided at speeds up to 28 mph (45 km/h); at speeds between 29 – 50 mph (46 – 80 km/h), collisions are mitigated. 
  • Detection of cyclists and pedestrians at night is another new functionality for City Safety on the All-New XC90.




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