Volvo EX90 Debuts November 9 With Technology That “Understands” The Driver

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An electric replacement for the Volvo XC90 is coming soon. In a video announcement, Volvo CEO Jim Rowan confirmed the new SUV’s name and debut date. It’s called the EX90, and will be revealed in full on November 9. But being a Volvo, there’s a bit more to it than that.

In this first official announcement, Volvo offers a glimpse of some of the safety technologies that will become standard issue for the EX90. It includes a range of cameras, sensors, lasers and software that monitors the outside environment and the driver.

Volvo EX90 . Exterior Lidar Sensing
Volve EX90 Driver Understanding Technology

“All Volvo EX90s will come with invisible safety guards, a unique combination of the latest technologies, backed by an understanding of the car’s outside environment and the driver’s inside,” said Rowen.

This concept understand divided into two regions. Outside, the EX90 will use an advanced Lidar system along with 16 ultrasonic sensors, eight cameras and five radars to monitor the environment. Volvo’s internal software brings it all together, and the automaker claims it’s one of the most advanced systems available. It is capable of detecting non-reflective items such as tires on the road at 120 meters (394 ft) and pedestrians at 250 meters (820 ft), all while traveling at 120 km/h (75 mph).

The second area goes inside, and maybe this is the place understand take on very different meanings. More sensors and cameras are trained on the driver, monitoring the eyes and grip on the steering wheel, but this isn’t just a double check to make sure the eyes are on the road. Volvo uses its own software to measure the driver’s overall awareness, and if things are abnormal, the system alerts the driver. If the system determines the driver is unresponsive, the EX90 will stop and ask for help.

The patent image was discovered earlier in the year, offering a glimpse of the EX90’s styling. It shouldn’t stray too far from the familiar XC90 formula, even though it will take on a new, purpose-built platform. We look forward to hearing more about the EX90 in the weeks leading up to its November 9 debut.

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