Volvo’s all-electric EX90 will replace the XC90 SUV and include ‘invisible safety shield’ powered by LiDAR technology

Volvo Cars has launched a new flagship electric SUV called the EX90, set to replace the popular XC90 as it heads toward an all-electric future. The full unveiling of the new EV won’t happen until this fall, but Volvo is already calling the EX90 its safest vehicle yet and has shared some of the tech we can expect to see inside and out.

Volvo Cars is a global automobile manufacturer headquartered in Torslanda, Sweden, and owned by China’s Geely Holding Group. In recent years, Volvo has made impressive strides in electrification and carbon neutrality across its various production and production processes, pledging to become an all-electric brand by 2030.

To support these electrification goals, it has begun putting in place the necessary production infrastructure, including plans to invest SEK 10 billion (~$1.09 billion) in its Torslanda manufacturing plant to support advanced production practices such as mass casting of aluminum structure parts, as well as a new battery assembly facility.

The automaker currently offers several electrified models, including the XC40 Recharge and most recently the C40 Recharge. So far, Volvo has delivered only a plug-in hybrid version of the XC90 SUV, its most flagship vehicle in the entire fleet.

However, Volvo has promised an all-electric version of the XC90 since last June, along with news that it will come standard with LiDAR. Although we knew this electrified SUV was in the works, Volvo remained vague about what to call it.

Today, we learned that the Volvo XC90 will actually be reborn as the EX90 all-electric SUV, complete with LiDAR and first-class safety synonymous with the Volvo name. We won’t get a full look at it just yet, but Volvo teased the EX90 with the following video:

Standard safety standards for the EX90 will be ‘beyond any Volvo before it’

Volvo Cars introduced its groundbreaking new SUV in a press release today that includes a keynote speech from CEO Jim Rowan, focusing almost entirely on a factor that Volvo Cars does better than most, if not all – safety.

The automaker says the EX90 marks a new era for Volvo Cars as it pursues a future where it is 100% carbon-neutral as a company, vowing to continue innovating so that cars don’t break down anymore. Volvo says the EX90 will arrive with an “invisible safety shield” thanks to the latest sensor technology.

This will include cameras, radar and LiDAR, all powered by Volvo’s core computing platform and software to create a 360-degree view of the electric vehicle’s surroundings in real time. Volvo says that once cars like these hit the roads, its research indicates a 20% reduction in accidents causing serious injury or fatalities and estimates that it will improve overall collision avoidance by 9%.

Inside the upcoming EX90, special sensors and cameras that support Volvo’s algorithms will measure the driver’s eye focus and alert him to focus when necessary. It will start as a light push, but will become more pressing if necessary. If the driver falls asleep or becomes ill while driving, the EX90 is designed to stop safely and call for help.

Volvo Cars says it will share more details about the EX90 when it’s officially unveiled on November 9. In the meantime, you can catch the full headline from Jim Rowan in the video below:

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