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Car Tech Video: Volvo XC60 with City Safety Technology

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Car Tech Video: Volvo XC60 with City Safety Technology

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This Volvo stops itself when you're too busy to bother to pay attention!

[ Music ] ^M00:00:06 >> It's one of those fact toys like most accidents happen within -- what, a mile of your house. Volvo says, 70 plus percent of all accidents happen under 20 miles an hour. You know the one. It's that real stupid one. You're creeping along and not paying attention -- smack! You hit the car stopped in front of you. Volvo is trying to stop that. This technology is called City Safety. It hits the brakes, all the way if you're not paying attention in one of those rear-enders situations. That laser in the wind shield is the key. It's watching for vehicle-shaped objects that are stopped ahead of you. It works between 2 and 19 miles per hour and it applies a 100 percent of the brakes. This isn't a mitigation technology, this is a "oh my god, stop" technology. Let's check it out. So let's say those barriers out there are simulating the back end of a stopped car. And I'm so busy yack-yack-yacking with you and guess what... This car just saved me about 2 grand in body damage. I never even saw it coming. Luckily, the car did. Now this technology is going to be standard on the new XC60, this car here, which is coming to the U.S. March 2009. Interesting trivia, Volvo says between 2 and 9 miles per hour there is a 100 percent chance this system will keep you from hitting whatever it is that it spots. Between 10 and 19, there might be a little of this, but it will be a whole lot less than if you weren't attention and just went smack.

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