A 2016 Volvo XC90 equipped with the company’s new Adaptive Cruise Control with Pilot Assist drove Los Angeles mayor Eric Garcetti and Volvo Cars of North America CEO Lex Kerssemakers through the city’s apocalyptic, horrendous rush hour traffic to arrive at the Connected Car Expo this week.The Pilot Assist will be available on all new XC90s and will be able to follow the vehicle ahead in stop-and-go traffic as well as handle acceleration, braking and steering at speeds up to 30mph.
“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.
The automaker claims that by 2020, no one should be killed or seriously injured in a new Volvo car, which is a bold goal to set. In a philosophical Hit and Run, Volvo plans to save every driver by 2020, leaving an XC90 sized hole in 150 years of evolutionary theory.Volvo underestimates the power of dumb. But hey, I’m sure no one is going to complain about being relieved of the duty of driving in rush hour.