Those features include a system that prevents the driver from running off the road and protects the driver if such an accident is unavoidable as well as Volvo's optional semi-autonomous driver support and convenience system, Pilot Assist, which can steer and brake the car through a traffic jam as well as help control the car when driving in the highway.
"This is fully inline with our strategic approach to develop automotive safety systems based on real-life, real-road safety," Ekholm said. "Our vision is that no one will be killed or seriously injured in a new Volvo car by the year 2020.”
The XC60, which goes on sale later this year, is crucial to Volvo CEO Hakan Samuelsson's plans to set a fourth-consecutive record for global sales in 2017 and push the automaker to its goal of selling 800,000 vehicles worldwide by 2020. Last year the XC60 accounted for 30 percent of Volvo's record global sales of 534,332 vehicles.
The SUV is the first vehicle from Volvo's 60-series family to use the automaker's scalable product architecture (SPA), which already underpins the award-winning XC90 as well as the V90 and V90 Cross Country station wagons and S90 sedan.