Volvo has revealed a new system for autonomous driving that will be available on models of the XC90 as early as 2017.
Called Intellisafe Auto Pilot, the system is said to interact seamlessly with the driver – autonomous mode is activated and deactivated with specially-designed paddles on the steering wheel and the car’s HMI signals the driver when it is safe to enter driverless mode. It then provides an alert and a countdown when it is time to take the controls again. The car will automatically stop if the driver does not take control of the car within 60 seconds of the alert.
“We have designed a user interface that is safe and seamless to use so that drivers can confidently transfer and regain control of the car,” says Volvo’s SVP of Design, Thomas Ingenlath.