TechHive: New Volvo XC90 can spot deer or moose as well as people

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Jan 15th 2014, 12:00, by Sarah Jacobsson Purewal

DETROIT—I'd aimed for Volvo's booth to see the company's new connected infotainment system, Sensus Connect. But that's not on display at the North American International Auto Show (NAIAS). Instead, the Swedish automaker is showing off concept vehicles that hint at future Volvo styling and, of course, safety features.

The company has video demos running in its booth of safety features that are in production, pre-production, and sometime-in-the-future-production. Here are a couple of features that will debut in the new XC90 hatchback, which we'll see at the end of January.

Detecting people at night

Last year, we took a look at Volvo's Pedestrian Detection feature, which uses the car's forward-facing windshield-mounted camera to detect people and cyclists. If the car detects a person moving in a potentially unsafe manner toward or in front of the vehicle, it alerts the driver with audible and visual cues. If the driver fails to heed the alert and apply the brake, the system can apply the brake independently. It intervenes only at the last minute and should not be mistaken for an autonomous driving feature.

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