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Los Angeles Mayor Eric Garcetti Uses Volvo XC90’s Semi-Autonomous Feature

Eight years ago, Volvo Cars announced that by 2020 no one should be killed or seriously injured following an accident in a new Volvo car. To assure that plan will actually become reality, the Swedish carmaker is already using semi-autonomous features that allow the car to act before the driver or even in their place in certain situations.
Los Angeles Mayor Eric Garcetti Uses Volvo XC90’s Semi-Autonomous Feature 6 photos
Los Angeles Mayor Eric Garcetti Uses Volvo XC90’s Semi-Autonomous FeatureLos Angeles Mayor Eric Garcetti Uses Volvo XC90’s Semi-Autonomous FeatureLos Angeles Mayor Eric Garcetti Uses Volvo XC90’s Semi-Autonomous FeatureLos Angeles Mayor Eric Garcetti Uses Volvo XC90’s Semi-Autonomous FeatureLos Angeles Mayor Eric Garcetti Uses Volvo XC90’s Semi-Autonomous Feature
Sure, Mayor Eric Garcetti’s appearance at the wheel of a Volvo car is a smooth marketing move, considering the city's annual auto show has just kicked off. That did not stop Garcetti from riding in an XC90 to the Connected Car Expo yesterday, testing what semi-autonomous feels like.

He 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 LA. The mayor discussed policies and technologies that will make the city's streets safer for pedestrians and vehicle occupants. That’s pretty much what Volvo is after too.

The XC90 was equipped with the company’s Adaptive Cruise Control and the Pilot Assist feature. As the brand’s fans know, it enables safe and comfortable semi-autonomous driving by automatically following the vehicle ahead in stop-and-go traffic. The innovative technology does more than that, of course.

Acceleration, braking, and more recently, steering are controlled automatically as long as the vehicle does not surpass the 30 mph limit. Adaptive Cruise Control with Pilot Assist is available in all 2016 XC90 models and the fact that the mayor used it should bring an early marketing start right before the 2015 Los Angeles Auto Show begins.

“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 hot 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.”

 
 
 
 
 

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