The new Volvo XC90 will feature two world first technologies: automatic braking at intersections and run off road protection.
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As the name "auto brake at intersections" suggests, the safety systems in the second-generation XC90 keep an electronic eye peeled for cars that might run into it at an intersection. If a collision is deemed likely, the system will automatically apply the brakes to avoid or mitigate the severity of an accident.

In an earlier feature we explained how automated emergency braking works and how systems currently available operate to prevent or lessen the impact of rear-end accidents.

The new XC90 can also detect when it's about to run off the road and into trouble. To prepare for the worst, the car will automatically tighten the seat belts to keep passengers in place. Also the area between the seat and the seat frame has been designed to better absorb and counteract vertical forces, which, it's claimed, will lessen spinal injuries.

Figures cited by Volvo indicate that half of all accidents in the US occur when the car has left the road, while a third of all accidents in Sweden involve only a single vehicle.

According to Volvo these two new pieces of safety technology will be standard on all XC90 models.

Volvo XC90 intersection auto brake

This latest announcement is part of Volvo's drawn out teaser campaign for its important new SUV. So far, the company has given us clues about the new car's styling via leaked sketches and the three-door Concept XC Coupe.

Volvo has also shown us the new car's interior and demonstrated the company's new touchscreen interface. Details have been disclosed about the new XC90's drivetrain lineup, including the range-topping T8, which, despite the implication that it features a V8, actually is a 300kW/640Nm plug-in hybrid system with a twincharged 2.0-litre four-cylinder at its heart.

The new Volvo XC90's exterior will be revealed in August, while the car will make its debut in all its glory at the 2014 Paris motor show at the beginning of October. The second-generation of Volvo's large SUV will launch in Australia around May 2015.