Volvo formalizes the EX90, its safest electric SUV in its history

Volvo formalizes the existence of its 100% electric SUV, the EX90, successor to the XC90. It will be unveiled on November 9. In the meantime, the brand reveals some very interesting elements, especially on the security side, with the presence of a LiDAR.

Volvo Concept Recharge, for illustration

Currently, Volvo’s 100% electric offer comes down to two models: the “small” XC40 Recharge SUV and its cut version, the C40 Recharge. We know that the Swedish brand is about to hit hard with the successor to the XC90. The brand has indeed recently unveiled elements concerning the future interface of its flagship. And this Wednesday, September 21, Volvo went further, formalizing the existence of the EX90, the 100% electric successor to the XC90.

The safest Volvo ever

During a online press conference, Volvo said that the EX90 will be unveiled in detail on November 9. Its future high-end SUV will have a level of safety that ” will go far beyond that of any other Volvo vehicle“. In other words, the next EX90 will be the safest vehicle in Volvo’s lineup.

To do this, the Swedish manufacturer relies heavily on LiDAR, which Elon Musk cannot see in paint on his Teslas. Indeed, the EX90 will integrate a LiDAR to monitor the road, night and day, up to the authorized speeds on the highway, thanks to laser scanning. There will also be cameras and radars all around the vehicle to recreate a 360 degree environment.

Introducing the Volvo EX90
Introducing the Volvo EX90

According to Volvo, the LiDAR, integrated into the roof, ” can detect pedestrians up to 250 meters away and an object as small and dark as a tire on the road up to 120 meters away“.

Volvo then announced a 20% drop in fatal or serious injury accidents and a 9% reduction in the risk of collision. This is less than what Tesla indicates in its figures on accidentology, but which are a little biased however as we had already analyzed.

Sensors inside

Inside, Volvo will also integrate new sensors within the EX90. The concentration of the driver’s gaze will thus be monitored by cameras and sensors in order to prevent any risk of falling asleep. In case of discomfort, the car will stop by itself and notify the emergency services.

The passenger compartment will be protected from the outside by a new filtration system. Sensors will also be able to monitor the interior of the car in the event of absence and in particular alert the driver if a passenger has been forgotten. One thinks particularly of the oblivion of infants in the cabin in the middle of summer which could be avoided thanks to this future system, as implied by Volvo in its announcement video.

Remember that Volvo made a commitment in 2007 that ” no one should be killed or seriously injured in a new Volvo anymore“. This is one of the reasons why all Volvos are now limited to 180 km/h.

On the way to autonomous driving

Of course, all these sensors can also be used for autonomous driving. And indeed, Volvo briefly broached the subject, evoking the ” next technology for autonomous driving“. It will however be necessary to be patient, since this one will be introduced on the EX90 “ once we have completed all our security tests and obtained all necessary authorizations says Volvo.

In terms of design, the manufacturer didn’t let many details leak out, and we only got a few illustrations that look like the leaked patent. It would therefore seem that the EX90 retains a more conventional shape than the 2021 Concept Recharge illustrating this article. See you on November 9 to find out more and have the first official images of the Volvo EX90.

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