Volvo breaks new technological ground

Introducing two world-first safety technologies, the Volvo XC90 has seen off competition from Audi, Range Rover, Tesla, Ariel, Toyota and Volkswagen to win the prestigious Car of the Year title at the Stuff Gadget Awards 2015.

Stuff is the UK’s best-selling gadget magazine, and its annual awards celebrate what is best in technology.

Volvo collected the award for its XC90 T8 twin-engine petrol-electric hybrid, which breaks new ground in safety with automatic emergency braking at intersections and run-off road protection designed to reduce the likelihood of spinal injuries.

Other safety aids include pedestrian and cyclist detection and front collision warning with fully automatic emergency braking.

The XC90 also includes an electronically-operated tailgate, keyless entry and ignition, and a nine-inch touchscreen information and entertainment system including pinch, zoom and swipe functionality.

It also offers internet connectivity while, installed as standard, the Volvo On Call app enables remote locking and unlocking, access to the car’s trip computer information and the ability to sound the horn and flash the headlights.

In addition, the car’s GPS will track your XC90 if it’s stolen and automatically alert the emergency services in the event of a collision.

Nick Connor, managing director of Volvo Car UK, said, ‘To have the XC90 T8 Twin Engine’s technology honoured by such an influential gadgetry title is a tremendous result.

‘With its high-tech petrol-electric powertrain and ground-breaking connectivity features, the XC90 T8 is the most technologically advanced car Volvo has ever built.

‘It is also full of electronic equipment designed to make your life easier, so while cars are getting more sophisticated, the XC90 T8 is proof that they don’t have to be more complicated.’