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The second-gen Volvo XC90 isn’t due before the end of next year, but already Volvo has seen fit to tell us all about its impressive array of safety tech. But then again, we would, too.

A system called Pedestrian Detection in Darkness will enable the vehicle to see vehicles, pedestrians and cyclists in the dark and auto brake if the driver ignores a preliminary warning on the dashboard. The same is done for animals through Animal Detection, although this will only be introduced after the XC90’s debut.

Next up, autonomous steering. Road Edge and Barrier Detection with Steer Assist detects if the car is about to drive off the road and autonomously steers it back on track. The technology also works on roads without side markings; it can monitor where the physical road ends.

Of course, there’s Adaptive Cruise Control; only this time it’s joined by Steer Assist. So the vehicle not only maintains a pre-set distance from the car in front, it also helps the driver stay in lane.

The Swedish carmaker has an aim to ensure nobody should be killed or seriously injured in a new Volvo car – to that end, it has demonstrated its Car 2 Car communication system (available from 2016), which enables vehicles to communicate with each other and the traffic environment.

Tired of going round and round a parking lot looking for a vacant space? You’re certainly not alone. Volvo has shown its Autonomous Parking concept technology that allows a car to find and park in an empty space by itself, provided the car park has the required Car 2 Car infrastructure to talk to the vehicle.

The driver will only need to leave the car at the car park entrance, tell it to park through a smartphone app and it will proceed through the area to find a space, interacting safely with other cars and pedestrians. Speed and braking are adapted for smooth integration in the parking environment.

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