2010 Volvo XC60: City Safety Demo
October 22, 2009
Disclaimer in advance: The "test" you are about to see was not done on our Long Term 2010 Volvo XC60, but rather on a short-term car which we covered in a Full Test
Further disclaimer: It's not a very valid test of Volvo's City Safety collision warning system that applies the brakes-- outranking your throttle inputs, you can stay on the gas and it still works -- when it senses a frontal collision. We didn't have a spare car to potentially crash a Volvo into, the Camaro wasn't here yet, so we just set up a few boxes, sometimes a trash can, lined them with reflective tape and tried to knock them over!
Oh, and we videoed it.
Attempt 1: 15 mph.
Well done, Volvo. Well done.
Attept 2 (or 3...or 4...we were nothing if not scientific here.): 15 mph
...not so good.
Volvo says this system is not designed to protect against small things flying in front of the car (kids on bikes, deer) nor is it designed to deal with off-center collisions.
So here's a small thing flying in front of the car AND an off-center collision!
Just like Volvo said, that doesn't work!
I'll just use Josh's City Safety conclusion from the full test here, as he took this more seriously than we did here in the blog, "... the technology clearly works and it does so without intervening in normal driving, since its activation is triggered far later than when any alert driver would apply the brakes in such a situation."
Mike Magrath, Vehicle Testing Assistant