2015 Volvo S60: I'd Leave Off the Auto-Braking
by Travis Langness, Social Media Editor on October 6, 2015
As I pulled up to the exit of the Edmunds parking garage in our long-term 2015 Volvo S60, I rolled down the window and extended my arm, parking pass in hand.
I intended on pulling all the way up to the exit arm, waving my parking pass at the high-mounted sensor, and exiting the garage in the sort of graceful fashion that befits an Edmunds automotive editor. The Volvo had other plans.
SCREECH. The Volvo abruptly stopped from about 7 miles per hour. I lurched forward in my seat, nearly dropping my parking pass. Many expletives came to mind.
Apparently, the S60 decided that I needed the full force of its brakes at these break-neck, single-digit speeds. Its City Safety system surmised that I'd otherwise run head on into the parking arm. Never mind that the parking arm would easily clear the Volvo's hood or the fact that I was more than 10 feet away from it.
Clearly, this system is far more cautious than I am, or it just has an overly-sensitive front sensor. Either way, I'm turning the system off next time I drive the S60.
Travis Langness, Social Media Editor