Volvo XC90 2015-2021 Owners Manual / Driver support / Detecting obstacles with City Safety

Volvo XC90: Driver support / Detecting obstacles with City Safety

City Safety1 can help the driver detect other vehicles, cyclists, large animals and pedestrians.

Vehicles

City Safety can detect most vehicles that are stationary or are moving in the same direction as your vehicle. In some cases, it can also detect oncoming vehicles and crossing traffic.

For City Safety to be able to detect a vehicle in the dark, its headlights and taillights must be on and clearly visible.

Cyclists

Volvo XC90. Detecting obstacles with City Safety

Examples of what City Safety would interpret to be a cyclist: clear body and bicycle shapes.

For good performance, the system's function for cyclist detection needs the clearest possible information about the contours of the bicycle and of the cyclist's head, arm, shoulders, legs, torso and lower body in combination with normal human movements.

If large portions of the cyclist's body or the bicycle itself are not visible to the function's camera, it will not be able to detect a cyclist.

The system can only detect adult cyclists riding on bicycles intended for adults.

WARNING

City Safety is supplementary driver support, but it cannot detect all cyclists in all situations and, for example, cannot see:

  • partially obscured cyclists.
  • cyclists if the contrast to the cyclist's background is poor.
  • cyclists in clothing that hides their body contour.
  • bikes loaded with large objects.

Warnings and brake interventions may occur late or not at all. The driver is always responsible for ensuring that the vehicle is driven correctly and with a safety distance suitable for the speed.

1 This function is not available on all markets.

Pedestrians

Volvo XC90. Detecting obstacles with City Safety

Examples of what the system considers to be a pedestrian: clear body contours.

For good performance, the system's function for pedestrian detection needs the clearest possible information about the contours of the pedestrian's head, arm, shoulders, legs, torso and lower body in combination with normal human movements.

In order to detect a pedestrian, there must be a contrast to the background, which could depend on clothing, weather conditions, etc. If there is little contrast, the person may be detected late or not at all, which may result in a delayed reaction from the system or no reaction at all.

City Safety can detect pedestrians even in dark conditions if they are illuminated by the vehicle's headlights.

WARNING

City Safety is supplementary driver support, but it cannot detect all pedestrians in all situations and, for example, cannot see:

  • partially obscured pedestrians, people in clothing that hides their body contour or pedestrians shorter than 80 cm (32 in.).
  • pedestrians if the contrast to the pedestrian's background is poor.
  • pedestrians who are carrying large objects.

Warnings and brake interventions may occur late or not at all. The driver is always responsible for ensuring that the vehicle is driven correctly and with a safety distance suitable for the speed.

Large animals

Volvo XC90. Detecting obstacles with City Safety

Examples of what City Safety would interpret as a large animal: stationary or moving slowly and with clear body contours.

For good performance, the system's function for detecting large animals (e.g. moose, horses, etc.) needs the clearest possible information about body contours. This entails being able to detect the animal straight from the side in combination with normal movements for that animal.

If parts of the animal's body are not visible to the function's camera, the system will not be able to detect the animal.

City Safety can detect large animals even in dark conditions if they are illuminated by the vehicle's headlights.

WARNING

City Safety is supplementary driver support, but it cannot detect all large animals in all situations and, for example, cannot see:

  • partially obscured larger animals.
  • larger animals seen from the front or from behind.
  • running or fast moving larger animals.
  • larger animals if the contrast to the animal's background is poor.
  • smaller animals such as cats and dogs.

Warnings and brake interventions may occur late or not at all. The driver is always responsible for ensuring that the vehicle is driven correctly and with a safety distance suitable for the speed.

1 This function is not available on all markets.

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