Volvo XC90 2015-2024 Owners Manual / Driver support / Pilot Assist limitations

Volvo XC90: Driver support / Pilot Assist limitations


(Depending on market, this function can be either standard or optional.)

Pilot Assist functionality may be reduced in certain situations.

Pilot Assist is a driver support function designed to simplify driving and assist the driver in many situations. However, the driver is always responsible for maintaining a suitable distance to vehicles or objects around it and ensuring that the vehicle is correctly positioned in the traffic lane.


In some situations, Pilot Assist may have trouble helping the driver properly or may be deactivated automatically – we advise against using Pilot Assist in such cases. Examples of such situations include:

  • the lane markings are unclear, worn, missing, cross each other, or there are multiple sets of road markings.
  • the lane division changes, e.g. when lanes split or merge, and at off-ramps.
  • when there is road construction and sudden changes to the road surface, e.g. when the lines may no longer mark the correct route.
  • edges or other lines than lane markings are present on or near the road, e.g. curbs, joints or repairs to the road surface, edges of barriers, roadside edges or strong shadows.
  • the lane is narrow or winding.
  • the lane contains ridges or holes.
  • weather conditions are poor, e.g. rain, snow or fog or slush or reduced visibility with poor light conditions, backlighting, wet road surface, etc.

The driver should also note that Pilot Assist has the following limitations:

  • High curbs, roadside barriers, temporary obstacles (traffic cones, safety barriers, etc.) are not detected. Alternatively, they may be detected incorrectly as lane markings, with a subsequent risk of contact between the vehicle and such obstacles. The driver is responsible for ensuring that the vehicle maintains a suitable distance from such obstacles.
  • The camera and radar sensors do not have the capacity to detect all oncoming objects and obstacles in traffic environments, e.g. potholes, stationary obstacles or objects that completely or partially block the route.
  • Pilot Assist does not "see" pedestrians, animals, etc.
  • The steering assistance is limited in force, which means that Pilot Assist cannot always help the driver to steer and keep the vehicle within the lane.
  • In vehicles equipped with Sensus Navigation*, the function is able to use information from map data, which could cause variations in performance.
  • Pilot Assist will be switched off if the speed-dependent power steering wheel resistance is working at reduced power, e.g. during cooling due to overheating.


Pilot Assist should only be used if there are clear lane lines painted on each side of the lane. All other use will increase the risk of contact with nearby obstacles that cannot be detected by the functions.


  • This is not a collision avoidance system. The driver is always responsible and must intervene if the system fails to detect a vehicle ahead.
  • The function does not brake for people or animals and does not brake for small vehicles, such as bikes and motorcycles. Similarly, it does not brake for low trailers, oncoming, slow-moving or stationary vehicles and objects.
  • Do not use the function in demanding situations, such as in city traffic, at intersections, on slippery surfaces, with a lot of water or slush on the road, in heavy rain/snow, in poor visibility, on winding roads, or on on/off ramps.

The driver can always correct or adjust steering assistance provided by Pilot Assist by turning the steering wheel to the desired position.

Steep roads and/or heavy loads

Pilot Assist is primarily intended to be driven on flat roads. The function may not be able to maintain the correct time interval to the vehicle ahead when driving down steep hills. The driver should be extra attentive and prepared to apply the brakes.

Do not use Pilot Assist if the vehicle is carrying a heavy load or towing a trailer.


Pilot Assist cannot be activated if a trailer, bike carrier or similar is connected to the vehicle electrical system.

Drive mode unavailable

The Off Road drive mode cannot be selected when Pilot Assist is activated.


The function uses the vehicle's camera and radar sensor, which has certain general limitations.

* Option/accessory.

    Temporarily deactivating steering assistance with Pilot Assist

    (Option/accessory.) (Depending on market, this function can be either standard or optional.) Pilot Assist steering assistance can be temporarily deactivated and reactivated without prior warning...

    Pilot Assist symbols and messages

    (Option/accessory.) (Depending on market, this function can be either standard or optional.) A number of symbols and messages relating to Pilot Assist may be displayed in the instrument panel and/or the head-up display*...

    Other information:

    Volvo XC90 2015-2024 Owners Manual: Auto-hold braking with driver support

    The driver support functions Adaptive Cruise Control* and Pilot Assist* have a special brake function in slow traffic and while stationary. In certain situations, the parking brake will be applied to keep the vehicle at a standstill. Braking function in slow traffic and at a standstill In slow-moving, stop-and-go traffic or when stopped at a traffic light, driving will resume automatically if t..

    Volvo XC90 2015-2024 Owners Manual: Inflate tires with the compressor included in the tire sealing system

    The vehicle's original tires can be inflated using the compressor in the tire sealing system. The compressor must be switched off. Make sure that the switch is in the 0 (Off) position and take out the electrical cable and the hose. Unscrew the tire's valve cap and screw the hose's valve connector as far as possible onto the valve.Be sure the air release valve on the compressor's hose is ..



      The App view contains apps that provide access to certain vehicle services.

      Swipe the center display screen from right to left1 to access the App view from the Home view. This view displays downloaded apps (third-party apps) as well as apps for integrated functions, such as FM radio.

      Volvo XC90. Apps

      App view. (generic illustration; basic apps vary depending on market and model)

      read more

    Copyright © 2024