The new Volvo S60, V60 and XC60 – experience their maiden public display at the Geneva Motor Show. They can be equipped with a unique innovation that ensures driving in the dark quite safer and hassle-free. The advanced Active High Beam Control enables to use high beam uninterruptedly mainly due to the use of an ingenious mechanism that acts as a buffer against dazzling of oncoming drivers. At a press conference in Geneva, Volvo Car Group will also present a new world-first collision-avoiding technology.
Driving at night certainly puts drivers all around the globe in certain level of odds. Lotta Jakobsson, Senior Technical Specialist Safety at Volvo Cars Safety Centre, commenting on the unique offering of Volvo, said: "Our aim with the renewed Active High Beam Control technology is to enhance visibility in the dark by making it possible to use high beam permanently, without having to switch to low beam when meeting or catching up with other cars."
Advantage of Using Active High Beam Control
The key offering of Active High Beam Control is that it has the capacity to illuminate traffic environment outside the shaded area with its high beam. It enabled the driver to easily identify objects at the side of the road, such as parked cars, unprotected road users and animals.
"The technology makes driving at night more comfortable and safe. It also makes it easier to focus on the driving and is an excellent example of our Designed Around You approach, always focusing on features that really make a difference to the customer," added Lotta Jakobsson.
In such situations, when an oncoming car comes near the sophisticated system acts as a shield against dazzling of the other driver by shading out only as much of the beam as necessary.
Active High Beam Control takes help from the camera already used for the detection and auto brake systems placed by the rear-view mirror at the top of the windscreen to identify the other vehicle and the area that needs to be covered. The technology is precise enough to frame the chosen object with only a 1.5° margin.
The control unit despatches the information to an ingenious projector module mechanism placed into the headlamp. A small cylinder with metal pieces of different sizes ensures the perfect shading as per the requirement of the beam.
The Active High beam Control, which also works for motorcycles ahead, features Xenon lamps. The technology is active at speeds down to 15 km/h. It will be available in the Volvo S60, V60 and XC60 from spring 2013.
At a press conference on the first press day at the 2013 Geneva Motor Show next week, Volvo Car Group will throw light upon another world-first safety feature.
"We have enhanced our collision-avoiding technologies continuously, and in Geneva we will present the next, groundbreaking step," reveals Lotta Jakobsson and adds that "As the leader in automotive safety, we have reduced the risk of being injured in an accident in one of our latest car models by more than 50 per cent since the year 2000. By continuously introducing new preventive and protective systems, we keep moving towards our aim that by 2020 no one should be injured or killed in a new Volvo."
The six latest offering from the stable of Volvo Cars - Volvo S60, V60 (including V60 Plug-in Hybrid), XC60, V70, XC70 and S80 - will also feature at the Geneva Show.
"It is the best demonstration yet of the rapid transformation of our company and our brand. All cars in our model range have been renewed since last year's show in Geneva. The only exception, the all-new XC90, will come towards the end of 2014," said Doug Speck, Senior Vice President, Marketing, Sales and Customer Service at Volvo Car Group.
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