Volvo S90 Getting Semi-Autonomous Technology As Standard In The US

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Ahead of its world debut at the Detroit Motor Show in a few days, Volvo has confirmed that its new S90 luxury sedan will come installed with its semi-autonomous Pilot Assist software as standard.

The Swedish manufacturer originally introduced the system on the 2016 Volvo XC90.

It allows the vehicle to accelerate, decelerate, steer the car at speeds of up to 30 mph (58 km/h) on roads with clear lane markings and has the ability to completely bring the car to a halt. For the S90's Pilot Assist package, the software will be upgraded and now be able to be used at speeds of up to 80 mph (128 km/h).

These semi-autonomous driving technologies will come standard on all S90s sold in the United States, making the new luxury saloon the first vehicle available in the country with such systems straight from the factory.

According to president and chief executive of Volvo Car US,A Lex Kerssemakers, “making semi-autonomous features standard in the S90 symbolizes Volvo's commitment to autonomous driving and our Vision 2020. The S90 will be the first vehicle to offer this semi-autonomous technology as standard.”

The BMW 5-Series rival is underpinned by the same Scalable Platform Architecture of the XC90 and comes with the same array of engines. That includes the T8 Twin Engine plug-in hybrid powertrain that utilizes a turbocharged and supercharged 2.0-liter petrol engine outputting 318 hp with an 80 hp electric motor and a crankshaft-mounted starter generator with an additional 46 hp.

The brand's US retailers will receive the Volvo S90 later in the year.