The topic of self-driving cars has gotten a lot of attention lately, with Google being a pioneer in the technology, but with many automakers studying and developing their own versions of the technology. One of the companies at the forefront of the development of autonomous driving technologies is Volvo.
With a stated goal of zero fatalities in new Volvo cars by 2020, the company will debut many of these technologies starting with the 2015 XC90 crossover, debuting in the 2014 calendar year. The 2015 XC90 will be the first Volvo model built on the company's new Scalable Platform Architecture, with other future models
The new XC90
will feature several technologies that Volvo is claiming are world firsts, including nighttime pedestrian detection, road edge barrier detection, which can also detect the edge of the physical road, and adds steer assist to adaptive cruise control.
Further down the road, Volvo will roll out collision mitigation for animals, with technology that can detect and brake for animals both in daylight and in the dark, and car-to-car and car-to-infrastructure communications that can automatically slow or stop for traffic signals and pull over and make way for approaching emergency responders. You can watch a video demonstrating Volvo's future safety technologies below.