Although a car crash perks up everyone's attention, we got to experience the opposite in the noncrashing Volvo XC60. The folks at Volvo want everyone to know about the XC60's new City Safety feature, and they are hosting demonstrations around the country.
We stopped by one of the demonstrations locations, a Volvo dealership in San Francisco, to try it out. Check the XC60 Web site to see if Volvo is holding a demonstration in your area.
City Safety is a standard feature on the XC60, a new Volvo model coming to dealerships in March. Operating at speeds slower than 20 mph, it will stop the car if it senses an impending accident. The system has a forward-facing laser that can detect objects in the car's path. If the car senses a collision, and the driver isn't hitting the brakes or turning the wheel, it will apply full force to the brakes, bringing the car to a full stop.
The system is designed to stop low-speed collisions in heavy traffic or city driving. For speeds of 20 mph and faster, the XC60 can be ordered with the radar-based precollision system, which also controls adaptive cruise control. According to Volvo, 75 percent of collisions happen at low speeds, so the City Safety system should make insurance companies happy. … Read more