2012 Volvo S60 T5: A Few Steps Behind
November 04, 2011
A lot of cars today have built-in delays in some way. Our Volvo has a few, but fortunately, it has nothing to do with steering or throttle tip-in.
I first noticed a delay between the time I hit the button to skip a track on the iPod. It took a good seven seconds or so for the current song to cut out and the next one to start; a little irritating, but certainly not the end of the world.
But when an idiot driver in the opposite direction turned left right in front of me, then hit their brakes halfway through the turn, I noticed another delay. I swerved out of the way, laid on the horn and had my finger out if its holster by the time the City Safe/collision alert lights and sirens went off. I looked in my mirrors and figured that this "talented" motorist decided part-way through the turn to make it a U-turn. But really, I would've expected the collision alert system to have activated when the other car was directly in front of the Volvo.
It just goes to show that you should never rely on these systems. An alert driver behind the wheel is still the best feature.
Mark Takahashi, Automotive Editor