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Semi-Autonomous Volvo XC90 Drives Los Angeles Mayor Eric Garcetti to Connected Car Expo


Los Angeles, CA (Nov. 17, 2015) – Los Angeles mayor Eric Garcetti arrived refreshed at the Connected Car Expo this morning behind the wheel of a semi-autonomous Volvo XC90 that navigated smoothly and safely through congested rush hour traffic.


Garcetti was accompanied by Lex Kerssemakers, president and CEO of Volvo Cars of North America, after the two participated in a press conference at the CalTrans building in downtown Los Angeles that highlighted policies and technologies to make the city’s roads safer for pedestrians and vehicle occupants.


Garcetti and Kerssemakers drove the new XC90 equipped with Volvo’s Adaptive Cruise Control with Pilot Assist, which enables safe and comfortable semi-autonomous driving by automatically following the vehicle ahead in stop-and-go traffic. Acceleration, braking and now also steering are controlled automatically at speeds up to 30 mph. Available in all 2016 XC90 models Adaptive Cruise Control with Pilot Assist is a welcome relief from the gridlock that has become a way of life for Los Angeles commuters.


“The Pilot Assist system in the all-new XC90 is just another step toward our vision of a day when drivers will be able to choose between driving themselves on a spirited run along Mulholland Drive, and safely delegating the driving to the car in rush-hour traffic,” said Kerssemakers. “We will be revealing more about that at the Los Angeles Auto Show tomorrow.”


Volvo Cars’ Vision 2020 states that by 2020 no one should be killed or seriously injured in a new Volvo car. This continuously inspires Volvo to innovate around safety and create systems like City Safety, a suite of technologies that helps drivers avoid accidents by continuously monitoring the space around the car for other vehicles, objects, pedestrians and cyclists. If a collision is imminent, City Safety will sound an alert and apply the brakes to avoid or mitigate an impact.


“Volvo is, and always will be, about safety. Our Vision 2020, announced in 2007, underpins that,” said Kerssemakers. “We encourage and embrace initiatives like the city’s pedestrian-focused Vision Zero in reducing driving-related accidents and injuries in Los Angeles.” 


Volvo introduced City Safety in 2008 and in 2014 made it standard on all its new cars. Today there are more than one million Volvos equipped with City Safety. One of the most comprehensive scientific studies performed on collision avoidance systems in cars reveals that Volvo Cars’ standard City Safety technology reduces insurance claims for rear-end frontal collisions by 28 percent.  The continuously enhanced collision-avoidance and mitigation technologies, which are standard in the XC90, include yet another Volvo world first: automatic braking if the driver turns in front of an oncoming vehicle.


About Volvo Car Group

Volvo has been in operation since 1927. Today, Volvo Cars is one of the most well-known and respected car brands in the world with sales of 465,866 in 2014 in about 100 countries. Volvo Cars has been under the ownership of the Zhejiang Geely Holding (Geely Holding) of China since 2010. It formed part of the Swedish Volvo Group until 1999, when the company was bought by Ford Motor Company of the US. In 2010, Volvo Cars was acquired by Geely Holding.


As of December 2014, Volvo Cars had over 26,000 employees worldwide. Volvo Cars head office, product development, marketing and administration functions are mainly located in Gothenburg, Sweden. Volvo Cars head office for China is located in Shanghai. The company’s main car production plants are located in Gothenburg (Sweden), Ghent (Belgium) and Chengdu (China), while engines are manufactured in Skövde (Sweden) and Zhangjiakou (China) and body components in Olofström (Sweden).



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