2012 Volvo S60 T5: What Does This Mean?
July 25, 2011
When I switched into the Volvo the other night, this symbol appeared on the dash. It didn't look like a maintenance light to me so I figured it must be a feature. Lane departure warning perhaps? So, I consulted the manual.
While our Volvo S60 does come with lane departure warning, this image is for the Distance Alert feature. It is part of the Adaptive Cruise Control system and corresponds to this button above the shifter:
(The button to the left is for lane departure).
It allows you to set a time interval to the car ahead of you. One bar is approximately one second. All five bars is about 2.5 seconds. You can also set a speed. If you set both speed and distance and a car in front of you slows suddenly, the system may modulate the brakes for you. If you only set distance, not speed, it will warn you but not affect the speed of your vehicle. And it only works when you are travelling at a speed in excess of 18 mph. Any slower than that and you should be able to handle your own car.
The system works best on straight, level roads. While I was driving, it fired off warning lights and bells when I was going over some bumpy asphalt and sometimes on steep inclines. So, it's not perfect. But it is helpful.
What do you think, are these features life savers or do they make drivers lazier?
Donna DeRosa, Managing Editor @ 2,604 miles