Thanks to level 4 self-driving technology, Volvo has a new goal with its popular XC90 crossover SUV: to make commuting a semi-automatic process. “The XC90 would be able to self-navigate “sleeping passengers” on a limited set of roadways thanks to a technology called Highway Assist. Currently, Pilot Assist is available in current XC90 models. Green envisions having this tech available to consumers in 2021.” – Henrik Green, The Senior Vice President of Volvo.
The technology of Self-Driving itself is not easy at all. BMW and Audi are working towards bringing level 3 autonomous vehicles to public roads and BMW is planning on its first level 3 production vehicle, in 2021 called iNEXT. Volvo is trying to introduce Level 4 technology which is more complex and advanced.
the XC90’s level 4 Highway Assist would use information from the cloud to navigate but would use lidar, radar, and cameras built into the vehicle to drive. It would also be able to handle emergency situations on its own, rather than requiring driver action said The VP.