Volvo presents the EX90, an electric SUV with the ability to detect if you have been drinking

Volvo presents the EX90, an electric SUV with the ability to detect if you have been drinking

During a press conference broadcast on YouTube, Volvo unveiled its next 100% electric SUV: the EX90. With this car, the brand’s ambition is clear: to offer the safest car ever made by the manufacturer. Among the features announced, a set of lasers and sensors capable of detecting the behavior of a drunk driver.

Credit: Volvo Concept Recharge released in 2021

With the ban ordered by the European Union on the sale of new fuel cars from 2035, more and more manufacturers are accelerating the electrification of their range. It should be said that the demand is there, since November 2021, we learned that one in five cars sold in Europe was electric, mainly due to the good performance of Volkswagen and Tesla.

In turn, Volvo now offers two 100% electric cars in its version, namely the XC40 SUV, launched in 2021, and its coupe version, the Recharge C40. However, the Swedish brand has just presented it during an online conference broadcast on YouTube of EX90Its future 100% electric SUV.

Volvo launches the EX90, its safest car ever

With this car, Volvo’s ambitions are expressed: providing a level of safety never before seen in a Volvo car. To do so, the EX90 will be equipped “one of the most advanced sensor sets on the market” consisting of eight cameras, five radars, 16 ultrasonic sensors and a LiDAR sensor mounted directly on the roof.

The LiDAR sensor, widely used by Tesla before being separated from the brand, will be responsible for scan the vehicle environment in 360° (also based on data provided by other external sensors). According to Volvo, the EX90’s LiDAR sensor “it can detect pedestrians 250 meters away and something as small and black as a tire on the road 120 meters away”.

Sensors capable of analyzing the behavior of the driver

But that’s not all, as two cameras installed in the passenger compartment it will track and analyze the driver’s eye movements. The goal? Determine if the driver’s concentration is reduced or impaired during drowsiness or under the influence of alcohol or drugs. If the behavior seems dangerous, the vehicle will give a series of audible warnings to awaken the driver’s attention. If there is no response, the car will automatically decelerate before stop completely on the side of the road en turn on the hazard warning lights beforehand.

Our research shows that just by looking at where the driver is looking and how often and for how long their eyes are closed, we can tell a lot about the state of the car. driver”, says Emma Tivesten, chief technical expert at the Volvo Car Safety Center. `

All these efforts on safety are in line with the promise made by the brand in 2007, which no longer wanted to see deaths or serious injuries on the new Volvo aircraft. In May 2020, the manufacturer distinguished itself by announcing a maximum speed limit of all its cars up to 180 km / h. At the moment, we have no more information about the EX90, such as its design and technical specifications. However, Volvo is giving consumers an appointment on November 9, 2022 to learn more about its future 100% electric SUV.