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August 1, 2013

TOM'S CORNER: From the America's Car Show newsroom

Niagara Gazette — Recently, there has been some noteworthy automotive news developing, so I bring you yet another edition from the newsroom here at automotive central:

  

Volvo raising the bar in safety technology

Recently Volvo revealed several new safety technologies that it calls “world-class” set to be incorporated into the 2015 XC90.

“We are introducing the first Volvos with autonomous steering to avoid accidents and make driving more comfortable,” said Senior Safety Advisor Volvo Car Group Thomas Broberg in a prepared statement.

Firstly, the all-new XC90 will have autonomous steering capabilities, which will be implemented in several ways. In a new system called “Road edge and barrier detection with steer assist,” the autonomous steering will be able to apply steering torque to get the vehicle back on track should sensors detect if the car is about to drive off the road. Unlike similar systems from other automakers, the Volvo system does not rely on roadside markings but can rather read where the roadway physically ends.

This autonomous torque steering technology will be applied to next-gen Adaptive Cruise Control. Automatically following the car ahead, the 2015 XC90 will not only follow the flow of traffic but also the roadway itself.

On the latest S60 model, Volvo premiered Pedestrian Detection with full auto brake. The previous version of the technology neither worked after dusk nor did it detect animals. On the new XC90 the system adds in the ability to detect pedestrians as well as animals in the dark as well as in the daylight.

  

New study says federal government keeping an eye on motoring public

Automated scanners mounted to toll plazas, office buildings and police cars read millions of license plates daily — and in some cases, they hang onto a record of what cars have driven where, a new study published by the American Civil Liberties Union said. The ACLU calls the scanned records, which could be used to track vehicles, a “single, high-resolution image of our lives.”

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