With warning bells ringing in my ears and the Volvo S90 perched precariously on the edge of a cliff, it occurred to me that the car’s engineers probably didn’t envision their luxury sedan packed full of safety features would be gingerly shepherded down what amounted to a mountain goat path in Spain. But the unintended off-road experience–plus hours of hands on (and hands-off) driving–proved that the technologically tricked out S90 is more than just a pretty face. It’s also the first car to come standard with an array of semi-autonomous driving features.
The 2017 Volvo S90 is the second model from the automaker, following the XC90 SUV, that’s based on a new engineering platform and features Volvo’s touch-screen based connected car system. Volvo has upped the safety and self-driving features on the sedan, adding large animal detection and taking the initial Pilot Assist version from city-only driving up to 80 mph highway speeds. It works well compared to similar systems from other automakers, but there’s a learning curve for drivers anxious to adopt the latest technology.
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