Volvo has announced plans to unveil its flagship electric car, the EX90, on November 9 to replace the XC90 premium full-size petrol crossover. By 2030, Volvo intends to switch to the production of only electric cars.
In anticipation of the announcement, the company revealed a number of details about the new crossover. According to her statement, the novelty will be equipped with “one of the most advanced sensor arrays on the market”, including eight cameras, five radars, 16 ultrasonic sensors and an advanced lidar. Volvo also said that the EX90 lidar will have a range of 250m and will be able to detect an object such as a car tire “on a dark road at a distance of 120m” when driving at high speed.
Note that two cameras will be placed in the interior of the electric car and will track the driver’s gaze to determine whether he is following the road or his reactions are inhibited, which happens in the case of alcohol intoxication. If the driver is distracted, the cameras will capture this and the car will issue a series of warnings designed to bring the driver back to the road. If he doesn’t heed the warning, the car will start to slow down, eventually come to a complete stop on the side of the road and activate the hazard lights.
The EX90 will also be the first model to be equipped with Volvo’s new advanced Ride Pilot driver assistance system, which will allow the car to drive on the highway without driver intervention. The feature will launch as a subscription service in California, subject to state regulatory approval.
Today, Volvo’s portfolio includes two long-range electric vehicles: the XC40 Recharge, which went on sale in 2021, and this year’s C40 Recharge. By the middle of this decade, the company plans to sell 600,000 electric vehicles.
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