Volvo’s Pilot Assist is a pretty incredible piece of technology. It’s basically a semi-autonomous driving system that can take over the steering, braking and accelerating in stop-and-go traffic. I got to try it out in a loaner car from a Land Rover dealership while they were servicing my car for a warranty item and I have to say, it’s pretty amazing.
I was a little hesitant at first, but after a few minutes of watching the car effortlessly navigate stop-and-go traffic, I was a believer. The system uses a combination of radar and cameras to keep track of the car in front of you and maintain a safe distance. If the car in front of you stops, the system will automatically brake to a stop. And when the car starts moving again, it will accelerate back up to the set speed.
You can adjust the speed that the system will maintain, but I found that the default setting of about 30 mph was just fine for stop-and-go traffic. The system will also give you a little warning chime and a message on the screen if you start to veer out of your lane.
Overall, I was really impressed with the Volvo Pilot Assist system. It’s not quite ready for hands-free driving, but it’s a pretty incredible feat of engineering nonetheless. If you’re in the market for a new car, definitely check out the Volvo XC60 with Pilot Assist.