2012 Volvo S60 T5: Welcome to the Future
June 07, 2012
Over this past memorial day weekend my wife and I logged almost 900 miles in the S60.While en route to Mammoth Lakes with three other cars full of friends, I finally accepted technology and shoved myself into 2012.
Let me explain. I don't drive long term cars much, and my personal vehicles include two thirty year old cars and a motorcycle. Things like nav, bluetooth, heated seats, and dual-zone-dvd-lane-departure-assist are not the norm. Take cruise control for example. When I'm taking a long trip in a modern car, I rarely set the cruise - I just forget. Now enter the the S60 and an adaptive cruise control system. To my stuck-in-the-80s mentality I might as well have been in a Mr. Fusion-powered DeLorean. Mile after mile ticked by, with us locked onto the rear of the caravan. Accel, decel, lasers, computing, data. How does this happen? The true test came when entering town. The tangerine swede slowed...slowed...slowed...and stopped behind a 4runner at a light. Now would it accelerate and resume the trip? It did.
Now that my mind is blown - how long do you think we're from driver input being a program or function without any pedal or wheel manipulation?
John Adolph, Senior Multimedia Editor @ 19,169 miles