A new revolutionary electrical system on Volvo's Scalable Product Architecture will allow the firm to take advantage of the latest safety technology without significant reengineering.
SPA-based Volvo models will have an electrical architecture that has four inter-connected “domains”, that control vehicle dynamics, safety, car body or infotainment functions.
It is designed to allow the integration of new technology like development of microprocessor, sensor and camera technology.
The new, patented SPA safety cage, with its mix of different steel grades has been made stronger and smarter.
Volvo says its standard safety technology, such as airbags and seatbelts, continue to be enhanced. In SPA-based cars, for example, rear-mounted sensors will be used to activate the seatbelt pre-tensioners. Existing camera technology will be adapted to monitor lane departure and detect large animals and pedestrians in the dark.
A combination of adaptive cruise control with steer assist and front-mounted cameras will allow the next-generation XC90 to automatically follow the car ahead in queues and will form the basis of more advanced autonomous technologies in the future.
The development of SPA is to be a crucial element in the firm’s commitment that no one should be killed or seriously injured in a new Volvo by 2020.