• Oct 20, 2009
Autoblog tries Volvo City Safety on XC60 – Click above to watch video after the jump

A number of bloggers on our team actually have real jobs, those crazy 9-5 things we full-time bloggers hear so much about. Sure, an actual 40-hour work week can tie one arm behind your back when trying to be a power blogger, but our own Dan Roth gets around this by incorporating his two incomes to achieve a task we set out for him.

The charge was simple: Try out Volvo's City Safety technology that comes on the new XC60. City Safety is Volvo's new active safety technology that uses an optical radar mounted at the top of the windshield to measure the speed and distance of any objects in front of the car. It does these calculations around 50 times per second, and in the event of an imminent collision with said objects, will automatically apply the brakes. It only works when the XC60 is traveling between 2-18 mph, though.

Dan's response: "Great, I'll set up some cardboard boxes and we'll see if it stops."

Our response: "Lame."

Dan went back to the drawing board and wound up producing the video after the jump. We expected him to up the ante beyond sacrificial boxes somehow, but he gets our mad respect for going this far. Oh, and in case you think we set up multiple cameras to shoot all those angles, think again. Dan got so comfortable with this test that he ran it five times to get all the angles.




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      • 5 Years Ago
      My question is who's fault is it when you do eventually run into someone, you or volvo???
      • 5 Years Ago
      In all the video's I've seen the person always takes their foot off the brake and glides towards the object/car. Any idea if it works when someone has their foot on the gas but still between 2-18mph?
      • 5 Years Ago
      Err..Mercedes already came out with this quite a while ago.

      Brilliant how other manufacturers pretend its their own, novel invention.
        • 5 Years Ago
        yes, the previoius S-class, has a simular system.
        but the difference is that it's more cruisecontrol based.
        you could set your car to 180km/h and the radar detects cars in front and slows down, after the obstacle is gone the car resumes @ 180km/h.

        wel basicly the car doesn't permit you to ram the car in front of you wether with or without cruise controll.

        i actualy like such systems.

      • 5 Years Ago
      It would be more interesting if the driver hopped out of the car THEN ran the test.
        • 5 Years Ago
        Ghost riding the whip, Volvo style. I have a feeling there will be a youtube video with some kids and their dad's XC60 in the near future...
        • 5 Years Ago
        The Internets have it! Someone already posted it but if you missed it.

        http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_f3eieqVkPk
      • 5 Years Ago
      Great, i can see people switching this on as they cruise down I80 in between 580 and the maze during traffic and just taking a nap.
      • 5 Years Ago
      So weird. Listen to the podcast all the time and my image of what Dan looked like was so wrong.....
      • 5 Years Ago
      hilarious musical choice and good editing!
      • 5 Years Ago
      Ahh the old 740iL.

      Still the best looking model of the 7 series to this day, especially the 740i sport.
        • 5 Years Ago
        Absolutely! There's a guy near my work that has an early 2000's model, black 740i sport in mint condition, I have to stare every time I see that car.
        • 5 Years Ago
        agrees with you, but don't forget the 750i, the nose is litle different.
        looks even better.
      • 5 Years Ago
      That city safety thing is kinda scary, I tested it out at the LA Auto Show last year, and it does stop by itself. It's hard to not hit the brakes when you're that close to a car.
        • 5 Years Ago
        it goes against what your instincts (should be) and is very disconcerting when you do it on purpose.. but it works and I bet the IIHS is loving this.
        • 5 Years Ago
        Scary is when soccer moms get desensitized to stopping and are going at 19mph
        • 5 Years Ago
        Dan needs to trim his unibrow before making another video.
        • 5 Years Ago
        @notYou

        What other 10--it is 50 times per second not minute if that is what you were thinking?

        I was interested though, at 15mph you are travelling 22ft/s. Devide that by 50 and about every 5 1/3 inches the car is sampling the distance. *Sounds* pretty reasonable to me, but I have no idea.
        • 5 Years Ago
        @skant I already avoid Volvos like the plague. Triple the normal following distance, a couple lanes over if possible. Camrys (including ES's) and CR-Vs

        As for the gas pedal comments, my guess is that this car has throttle-by-wire. It wouldn't be hard for the ECU to cut fuel/spark as well.

        And isn't optical radar LiDAR?
        • 5 Years Ago
        "It does these calculations around 50 times per second"

        But did he try testing it during the other 10?
      • 5 Years Ago
      Verdy interesting, however I think you would be doing your boss a favor by hitting that old POS, at least then he might be able to write it off to his insurance or something.
        • 5 Years Ago
        I'm pretty sure insurance wouldn't cover it. At least, it'd better not.
        • 5 Years Ago
        Yea, but isn't that one of those purple BMWs?
      • 5 Years Ago
      i work at a Volvo dealership and as soon as our first xc60 got of the truck months ago i tried this out with out reading the manual. the first xc60's to arrive came with a set up to test the citysafe feature. I set up the reflectors and floored the Volvo setting cruise at 45mph ON THE CAR LOT with everyone watching on. As soon as the system kicked in i thought i was having an acid flash back..the lights and noise. but the car stopped about 1 inch from the reflectors leaving black tire marks. When i got out cheers galore! Late i found out it was supposed to be demonstrated at 9mph. yeah I'm a dumb-ass but what a feature!
        • 5 Years Ago
        City Safety is only active under 20 mph this guy is an idiot and a liar.

        • 5 Years Ago
        It works at any speed but it doesnt necessarily stop before hitting the objects if you go too fast.
        • 5 Years Ago
        45mph? I thought the system didn't work over 18mph?
      • 5 Years Ago
      What is an optical radar?
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