Volvo has developed the world’s first interior radar system for cars

Volvo has introduced a number of important safety features to its vehicles over the years, including the first three-point seat belt in 1959. But now the company has come up with something more technical with what it calls the world’s first interior radar system for cars.

Volvo’s new radar system, set to debut on its forthcoming electric SUV flagship EX90, is said to monitor both a vehicle’s cabin and trunk to prevent the car from being locked while someone is still inside. The idea is to guard against situations where pets or children could accidentally get trapped in a car on a hot day, with the car popping up and being reminded if it detects there are still occupants in the vehicle when it does is locked. In addition, the car’s air conditioning can be set to remain on when a passenger is detected, further reducing the risk of heat stroke.

While the thought of leaving a pet or child in the car on a hot day sounds unimaginable to most people, it can happen to anyone. In its press release, Volvo cites statistics from the US, where more than 900 children have tragically died of hyperthermia since 1998.

Lotta Jakobsson, Senior Technical Specialist for Injury Prevention at Volvo, says: “No one wants to be distracted or tired, but we know it can happen. We are all human and distraction is a fact of life. Using the latest technology, we support you when you are not at your best and help you not to accidentally leave family members or pets behind.”

To cover as much of the EX90’s interior as possible, Volvo says it will use multiple radars positioned in the car’s overhead console, roof-mounted reading lights and trunk, which can detect sub-millimetre motion. Unfortunately, we won’t get a better idea of ​​how Volvo’s new interior radar system really works until the EX90 is officially unveiled on November 9th. But given that the new feature will be standard on the company’s forthcoming electric vehicles (where legally permitted), we’re hoping similar systems will become standard equipment in more cars and brands in the future.

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