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Volvo unveiled its new S60 at the Geneva Auto Show, trumpeting one of its biggest features: a pedestrian detection system.
An evolution of Volvo’s automatic braking technology, pedestrian detection system uses radar and camera technology to sense when a pedestrian is about to step in front of the vehicle. If the S60 is traveling at less than 35 km/h (21.7 mph) when it senses a pedestrian ahead, the system lights a signal to alert the driver. If the driver does not see the signal fast enough, the system will apply the brakes and bring the car to a halt. At speeds over 35 km/h, the automatic brakes will still kick in, slowing the S60 down to reduce the speed of impact.
Automatic braking isn’t the Volvo S60′s only impressive bit of technology. Under the hood, the S60 comes with two gasoline engine configurations: a 304 hp turbocharged inline six-cylinder engine or a four-cylinder turbo engine rated at 203 hp. The S60 also has two turbo diesel engine options, a 205 hp five-cylinder engine and a 163 hp three-cylinder.
Volvo is targeting car enthusiasts with the S60, calling it and the XC60 Volvo’s sportiest vehicles. Volvo also says a sportswagon S60 will be introduced later this year.