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I wish my S60 could conjure up a little coffee avatar in the LCD screen like the new S80 can. It'd be even better if it could perk a cup up for me. The new pictogram fun is part of a rollout of new safety features from the Swedish automaker. Coming to Volvo stores before the end of the year should be a Collision Warning with Auto Brake system, Driver Alert Control, and adaptive cruise control. The new safety features will be in the new large Volvos based on the EUCD platform; the S80, XC70 and V70.

Collision Warning with Auto Brake is a descriptively named system that will sound alarms should sensors detect a collision is imminent, and if the driver doesn't react, the system will apply the brakes. Driver Alert Control is a vehicular big brother that keeps an eye on how you're doing. If it detects erratic driving, it will suggest that you take a breather. We bet you could trigger the coffee cup icon by clipping an apex or two and making sharp, decisive inputs to the controls, but then again, Volvos tend to be tuned to allow a bit of entertainment before they say "Ja, shoor, dat's fun, but you could crash, don'tchaknow."

[Source: Engadget]

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      • 7 Years Ago
      What no Auto Pilot? Tis Tis
      • 7 Years Ago
      I'm sorry to say it this way, but who the hell cares? These aren't safety features. NO WAY, these are just small annoyances that are placed in your way. What if you are in a traffic jam, and you see a lane open next to you. You need to change lanes. And I mean do it NOW. and you turn the wheel and stomp on the pedal? since you go forward toward the car in front of you before you turn, will the car stomp on the brakes when you are trying to do this maneuver? I would be so mad!!.

      But like i said. These are not safety features. Airbags, reinforced beams, heavy duty metals, and seatbelts Electronic stability control, and Traction control are all i need.
      Volvo and Mercedes can keep their stupid crazy off the wall systems. Whats next Volvo, tell me, Whats next?
      • 7 Years Ago
      Volvo is so hooked on safety features, mercedes had this feature a little while but volvo still had to get its own variant of this technology.Props to Volvo on their safety awarness.
      • 7 Years Ago
      Nice. The 2007 S80 actually already had adaptive cruise control, but the Auto Brake system was so far only available in the 2006+ MB S-class. Nice to see it in cars that start at $30K instead of cars that start at $87K.
      • 7 Years Ago
      I like Volvo, but what if somebody like me takes it on dirt roads in the country? Would the vehicle think the driving is erratic and stop my SUV? Well that would suck - what if there are bears out at night?
        • 7 Years Ago
        m, the car doesn't automatically brake when it thinks your driving is erratic, it displays a reminder message in the instrument cluster.

        It automatically brakes when you're about to hit something.
      • 7 Years Ago
      Oh great, now you are going to have a bleary-eyed driver who is only paying half attention to what they should be doing having his concentration taken away to read a Starbucks add!

      Too boot, once the driver has doped up on the goof-balls and then starts to 'crash' or the caffeine wears off, they are going to be in a worse situation. "Problem: We are running out of gas. Solution: Drive faster to get to a gas station quicker!"

      This is a crock. The problem is that the driver is tired, the solution is sleep.
      • 7 Years Ago
      Holdens and Pontiac GTOs also display a rest reminder in the DIC after two hours. It chimes and shows a graphic of a picnic table under a tree. It can be turned off.