The S90 and V90 results surpass the best overall score of any model tested last year and now make Euro NCAP’s top-3 best-ever performing cars all Volvos. The result follows in the footsteps of the XC90, which was the first car from any manufacturer to score full points in the Euro NCAP Autonomous Emergency Braking Car to Car rear-end tests (AEB City and AEB Interurban).
With a focus on real-life safety, Volvo’s Autonomous Emergency Braking systems are a step toward fully autonomous cars as well as reduced traffic fatalities and injuries. The advanced City Safety system which is standard in all new Volvo cars works by identifying potential hazards on the road ahead, such as vehicles, pedestrians and cyclists in certain situations, day and night.
The Euro NCAP safety rating covers four different areas – Adult Occupant, Child Occupant, Pedestrian Protection and Safety Assist. The AEB Pedestrian tests by Euro NCAP check performance of pedestrian detection systems using three road crossing scenarios, all of which would result in a fatal collision if the system didn’t intervene. The tests represent common and critical situations that frequently result in pedestrian casualties in the real world. Instances like an adult running into the road from the driver side of the vehicle; or an adult walking into the road from the passenger side of the vehicle; or a child running from between two parked cars into the road from the passenger side of the vehicle are seen as the most common hazards.
The ratings of the S90 and V90 are testimony to Volvo’s commitment to automotive safety leadership and their long held vision that no one should be killed or seriously injured in a new Volvo car by the year 2020.