The full-electric XC40 will also be first Volvo equipped with a new advanced driver assistance system that consists of an array of radars, cameras and ultrasonic sensors. The system is scalable, making it possible to steadily enhance the car’s ability to drive itself, the company said while declining to say what level of autonomy the EV will offer.
The current XC40, which is based on the Compact Modular Architecture (CMA), offers Level 2 capability — so-called semi-autonomous driver assistance systems that can steer and brake the SUV as long the driver remains in full control.
The automaker has said it will eventually offer Level 4 autonomy on its second-generation Scalable Product Architecture (SPA 2), which will debut with the launch of the third-generation XC90 flagship due in 2021.
Volvo will not offer Level 3 autonomy, which the Swedish automaker considers unsafe because the driver must be prepared to take over within a matter of seconds during an emergency.