Totally electrical Volvo XC90 Recharge teased with lidar and “AI-pushed tremendous computer”

An all-electrical successor to the Volvo XC90—likely identified as XC90 Recharge—will be unveiled upcoming yr, Volvo confirmed Thursday in a push launch, introducing that the electrical SUV will attribute state-of-the-art driver-support tech.

As the automaker hinted at previously, the XC90 Recharge will get typical lidar sensors from Silicon Valley company Luminar (which Volvo has a stake in). They’re going to be component of a sensor suite feeding information to an “AI-driven super laptop or computer” showcasing Nvidia chips.

The sensors and pc will be merged with software program created in-residence by Volvo, as perfectly as mechanical backups for controls like steering and braking, to allow a program termed Highway Pilot, Volvo announced.

Volvo Luminar lidar

Freeway Pilot will empower extremely-automatic driving on highways, but will only be activated “when verified harmless and legally allowed for person geographic destinations and disorders,” Volvo claimed.

Volvo has hinted at a program like this before, which could be a major move up from the automaker’s existing Pilot Guide procedure, and a possible rival to Typical Motors’ Tremendous Cruise or Tesla’s Navigate on Autopilot.

Alternatively, it could change out like Audi’s lidar-enabled Targeted visitors Jam Pilot, which promised very similar ability but was eventually cancelled because of to regulatory and legal responsibility fears.

The built-in engineering will also be ready to make improvements to about time, in element as a result of over-the-air (OTA) software package updates, Volvo statements. At some point, it will be ready to intervene in additional situations to avert collisions, in accordance to the automaker.

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Volvo ideas to create the next-generation XC90 in South Carolina, with many platforms underneath—including a skateboard system underpinning the EV, and the new SPA2 system for other variations.

It is really probably that the the internal-combustions variations of the XC90—which are envisioned to stay in the lineup alongside the Recharge EV—will change solely or virtually entirely to hybrid or plug-in hybrid.

Volvo just declared a joint-venture battery factory with Sweden’s Northvolt. That 1 won’t supply the cells for the XC90 Recharge (in the beginning, at the very least), but it will make them for an forthcoming electric XC60 SUV.