Our M.O. at Transoft is to develop innovative solutions that provide transportation engineers confidence and peace of mind when they’re working on road and highway projects. Vehicle accessibility and safety, among other concerns, are of paramount interest to our customers. For that reason we’re always appreciative when we see others with similar interests. Volvo has become a name synonymous with ‘safety’ and is certainly no stranger to innovation, with plans next month to release 2 world first’s in vehicle safety features for their top selling XC90 SUV.
Dating back to the invention of the three point seatbelt, Swedish auto giant, Volvo, has always been known to be the leader in vehicle safety technology. So it comes as no surprise that it’s taking vehicle safety features to another level. The automaker will take a turn into the future when it reveals its new XC90 luxury SUV next month. Two innovative safety features, which Volvo is touting to be ‘world-firsts’, will be introduced: auto braking when turning in front of an oncoming vehicle, and run-off road protection.
The auto braking feature will kick in when the driver is turning in front of an oncoming vehicle, the XC90 brakes automatically when it detects a potential crash in order to avoid collision. The run-off road protection feature detects when the vehicle is about to drift off the road and will tighten the front seatbelts and apply extra steering torque pulling the vehicle back on track.
The automaker’s vision is that no one will be killed or seriously injured in a new Volvo car by 2020. It plans to incorporate more safety features in every new car launched after the XC90. The new features for the XC90 will be available at dealerships in the spring of 2015. To see a full list of all the new safety features visit this link here.
When it comes to world first’s, that’s something we know a thing or two about as well, having a long history of innovations including the world’s first vehicle swept path solution for Autodesk® Revit®. Released in 2013, AutoTURN® for Autodesk® Revit® allows architects to efficiently generate dynamic vehicle swept paths along roadways, driveways, parking lots, entrances and exit ways all within the Revit environment. To see the software in action, watch the video and a recorded webcast by clicking the links below. If you’re the reading type, click here to visit the product page.