Equipment on new European models: PSA, Renault, FCA, GM, Ford and Volvo
Expanding availability of front pedestrian braking, Apple CarPlay and Android Auto
Volvo's flagship sedan S90 (Photo: Volvo Cars)
The following report outlines the use of major equipment on new and redesigned models (including one facelifted model) that already have been or will be released in and after February 2015 by PSA, Renault, FCA, GM, Ford, and Volvo in Europe.
Volvo's flagship S90 and V90 are equipped with a variety of advanced safety systems such as Pilot Assist (helps the driver to stay in the lane and to maintain a preselected time interval to the preceding vehicle), a semi-autonomous driving system. Other new models including small vehicles have also adopted a number of Advanced Driver Assistance System (ADAS) features. Automatic emergency brakes with pedestrian detection, which EuroNCAP started testing in 2016, are increasingly available. Moreover, an increasing number of new models support Apple CarPlay and Android Auto, which integrate smartphones with onboard systems.
Among features for improving driving stability, utilization of driving mode selectors, which enable the driver to choose a driving mode according to road conditions and personal preferences, as well as active suspension that continuously controls damping force in response to driving conditions, are increasing utilized mostly in luxury vehicles.
As for visibility improvement features, luxury vehicles as well as small cars have LED headlamps with glare free technology that provides outstanding lighting performance without blinding drivers in oncoming and preceding vehicles. Utilization of an auto high/low beam function has increased among a number of new models.
For parking assistance features, installation of advanced park assist that finds an appropriate space and helps steer the vehicle into the space has expanded even to small vehicles and SUVs.
Among comfort and accessibility features, hands-free tailgates that open and close by detecting a kicking motion under the rear bumper are increasingly being utilized. Adoption of hands-free sliding doors using a similar motion has started for MPVs.
Advanced equipment implemented by PSA, Renault, FCA, GM, Ford, and Volvo on new European models released in and after February 2015
|Driving stability||Driving mode selector||Renault Talisman/Megane/Scenic, Alfa Romeo Giulia, Volvo S90/V90|
|Active suspension||Renault Talisman, Alfa Romeo Giulia, Volvo S90/V90|
|Visibility||LED headlamps with glare free technology||Opel/Vauxhall Astra, Ford Galaxy/Edge, Volvo S90/V90|
|Auto high/low beam||DS 5, Peugeot Traveller, Renault Kadjar/Talisman/Megane/Scenic, Opel/Vauxhall Astra, Ford Galaxy/Edge, Volvo S90/V90|
|Driving/parking assistance||Automatic emergency braking with pedestrian detection||Renault Scenic, Alfa Romeo Giulia, Ford Galaxy/Edge, Volvo S90/V90|
|Advanced park assist||Peugeot 2008, Renault Kadjar/Talisman/Megane/ Scenic, Opel/Vauxhall Astra, Ford Galaxy/Edge, Volvo S90/V90|
|Pilot assist (Semi-autonomous driving system)||Volvo S90/V90|
|Accessibility||Hands-free tailgate||Peugeot Traveller (hands-free sliding doors), Renault Talisman, Opel/Vauxhall Astra, Ford Galaxy/Edge, Volvo S90/V90|
|Mirror Link, Apple CarPlay
and/or Android Auto
|DS 5, Citroen C3, Peugeot 2008/Traveller,
Opel Karl/Vauxhall Viva, Opel/Vauxhall Astra, Ford Galaxy/Edge, Volvo S90/V90
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