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Volvo’s New S90 Plug-In Hybrid to Add Autonomous Features

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The Volvo plug-in hybrid, the S90, is adding semi-autonomous features.Autonomous or semi-autonomous features are becoming quite common in the market. You may already own a vehicle with these.

The features are actions or sensors in your vehicle that assist you when driving, such as adaptive cruise control or lane departure warning systems. The newest Volvo plug-in hybrid, the S90, is going to include some of this technology.

According to a press release, the Volvo S90 will come with a semi-autonomous drive feature called Pilot Assist. The system will help to keep the car properly aligned within lane lines when the vehicle is going 130 kilometers per hour or slower. This feature also has eliminated the need for the car to be following another car while on Pilot Assist, which is a huge step forward when it comes to self-driving vehicles.

Also notable for the vehicle is a T8 Twin Engine, an effective power source currently used in other Volvo hybrids. Combined with luxurious interiors and infotainment systems, the new Volvo plug-in hybrid sedan looks to compete, if only indirectly, with other premium carmakers like Tesla. For a buyer, if a cleaner vehicle is the requirement, and not necessarily completely electric, Volvo may see some crossover shopping as buyers weigh their options.

The Senior Vice President Design of Volvo Car group, Thomas Ingenlath, said, “Our idea was to bring something entirely new to this rather conservative segment and deliver a visual expression that exudes leadership and confidence on the exterior. On the inside we have taken the S90 to the next level, delivering a high-end luxury experience that promises comfort and control.”

Some information, including the technical specifications and mileage potential of the vehicle per charge, was not in the release, but the information should be made available soon. The Volvo plug-in hybrid will be fully unveiled at the North American International Auto Show in 2016.

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