2015 Volvo S60: Overly Sensitive, Questionably Helpful Distance Alert
by James Riswick, Automotive Editor on August 31, 2015
Among the suite of advanced safety technologies in the 2015 Volvo S60 is a Distance Alert. Using the same sensors and orange flashy warning bar employed for the forward collision warning, Distance Alert warns you when it feels you're too close to the car ahead. Well, in Los Angeles traffic, that orange flashy warning bar is pretty much going to be illuminated 97.9 percent of the time.
Take a look at the photo. I'm not exactly glued to the Benz's bumper. And yet Grandma Volvo feels I'm too close.
I'm not sure which of my fellow editors felt this was a useful feature to turn on, but I immediately turned it off. Perhaps I'm missing something but it seems like an inherently flawed feature. If you're paying enough attention to see the orange light, you should therefore be paying enough attention to see the car ahead.
And if you need the car to tell you how close is too close, well, just go ahead and cut up that license right now.
James Riswick, Automotive Editor