To handle humanitarian tasks, Volvo presents the Surf Rescue (SR) Concept. This humanity car is focused on safety. Beginning was launched in 2007 at the Specialty Market Market Association trade show. The development of this car was inspired by a surfing rescue vehicle that circled on the coast of Southern California. Using the body of the XC70 can manifest human values in protecting life. This car design prioritizes a bold and interesting concept.
All standard XC70 SR safety equipment are intact and functional. In a real demonstration of the flexibility of the family / XC70 adventure, Volvo combines high-adjustable integrated reinforcement cushions – the world’s first – with rubber blinds that are expanded to provide the industry’s best passenger safety system for valuable cargo in the back seat.
Safety innovation does not end there. The latest technology updates include a new, stronger side structure to optimize side impact protection, not only for children but for all occupants. The entire body side structure is stronger and lighter thanks to a balanced combination of high strength steel with different levels.
In addition, a new type of side impact airbag – first seen in the all new S80 models – purifies Volvo’s patented SIPS (Side Impact Protection System) into an even more effective safety system. The new side impact airbag has two separate spaces, one for the hip and one for the chest. Because the hips can withstand greater strength than the chest, the lower space expands with pressures up to five times more than the top. The side impact airbags interact with the rubber curtain and the body’s safety beam network to provide the most effective protection.
Equipped with a system to avoid neck injuries – WHIPS (Whiplash Protection System) – is one of the most effective on the market. In the event of a rear end collision, the front seat backs accompany the passenger body’s initial movement and dampen the strength that enters a bit like someone’s hand when catching the ball. The all-new XC70 presents the latest generation WHIPS mechanism, which was further developed to ensure that the damper movement is soft and to provide good contact between the head and head restraint throughout the impact series.
Armed with high ground clearance from the all-new Volvo XC70, there are relatively high bumpers that can create greater risk of damage to passenger cars that come with lower-placed bumpers. To reduce the risk of injury in a collision, the front suspension sub-frame is equipped with lower cross members which are positioned at the height of the bumper on conventional cars. This lower beam is integrated into the XC70 structure and is hidden neatly behind the spoiler. In a collision, members of the lower cross aim to attack the protective structure of the upcoming car, activating the crush zone as intended so that residents can be given a maximum level of protection.
Pedestrian and cyclist protection has also been further developed at the all new XC70. The front has been given the nature of absorbing energy, including the large dimension soft structure in front of the bumper which helps reduce the risk of foot injury. In addition, the bottom edge of the spoiler has been strengthened and moved forward, almost parallel to the bumper. The aim is that the contact area for pedestrians or cyclists must be distributed over a wider area, thus helping reduce the risk of further injury. The hood line is raised and the honeycomb structure underneath spreads the load in the event of an impact, helping to absorb energy and reduce the risk of personal injury.
Further protecting the driver and passenger inside the all-new Volvo XC70 is a foldable steering column which, after deformation, moves horizontally for the best possible interaction with airbags; pedals that functionally limit the risk of penetration into the passenger compartment; airbag with two-stage function; pre-tensioner seat belt and belt reminder for all five seats; power limit for front seat belts; tubular beams that are reinforced and installed transversely between post-A; the SIPS tube is strong in the seat and a sturdy magnesium bracket in the center of the vehicle; the beam is diagonally mounted from Ultra High Strength Steel at the door; and, as with all Volvo cars, the engines are installed in a compact and transverse manner.
To help drivers maintain a safe distance behind the vehicle in front, Volvo has developed Adaptive Cruise Control (ACC). This system must be primarily considered a function of comfort but also contributes to more controlled progress if the traffic rhythm is uneven.
This technology is also used as the basis for several advanced Volvo drive and support systems. Using a radar sensor, adaptive cruise control continuously monitors the gap to the vehicle in front and automatically adjusts the speed of the vehicle to ensure that this gap does not shrink too much. The driver activates cruise control by setting the desired speed between 18 and 124 mph and then selecting the minimum time gap for the vehicle in front. There are five different time slots to choose from.
Back-end collisions are a common type of accident. In many of these cases, the reason is that the driver is disturbed and fails to respond in time. Against this backdrop, Volvo has developed a system known as Collision Warning with Brake Support. The area in front of the vehicle is continuously monitored with the help of radar sensors. If the all-new Volvo XC70 approaches another vehicle from behind and the driver does not react, the red warning light lights up on the windshield. At the same time, the warning bell will ring. In certain situations, this is enough for the driver to respond and take action to avoid danger.
If the risk of a collision increases despite a warning, the brake support system is activated. To shorten reaction time, brakes are prepared for action with automatic application of bearings to the disc. In addition, the brake pressure is hydraulically reinforced which results in a good braking effect even if the driver does not press hard on the brake pedal.
To help drivers maintain better control of the driving situation, the all-new XC70 is equipped with BLIS (Blind Spot Information System). Using a camera that is integrated into the door mirror, BLIS registers whether other vehicles are in the blind spot offset backwards. If there is a vehicle there, the lights are on in the relevant mirror to alert the driver and increase his chances of making the right decision.
The all-new XC70 has a very sophisticated braking system with a number of functions that interact to ensure the shortest possible braking distance in all circumstances. They include Hydraulic Brake Assist (HBA), a new generation Volvo emergency braking support system that uses vacuum and hydraulic boosters to help driver brakes in the shortest possible distance in panic situations; Optimized Hydraulic Brakes (OHB) to strengthen decelerations under hard braking by compensating for low vacuum pressure in the brake servo; Ready Alert Brakes (RAB) which can predict fast braking and apply brake pads on the disc even before the driver has time to press the brake pedal; and Fading Brake Support (FBS) that utilizes hydraulics to gradually build up braking pressure during long braking, thereby helping reduce the risk of brakes fading and maintaining a sense of pedal.
To contribute to the best visibility during night driving on winding and twisting roads, the all-new Volvo XC70 can be equipped with Active Bi-Xenon Lights – the main lights that can rotate follow the sweeping and bend of the road. Mini processors are used to calculate and analyze a number of parameters and optimize the light beam to suit the situation. The headlights can be rotated up to 15 degrees in both directions. To save wear on the system, this system is automatically deactivated during daylight conditions.
In an increasingly insecure world, control becomes important even when the vehicle is parked. As a matter of preventing theft and avoiding situations that might involve personal risk, Volvo Private Car Communicator (PCC) provides information aimed at security and safety. This sophisticated pocket-sized control center can tell the owner whether the vehicle is locked or unlocked, and whether the alarm has been triggered. In the event that an alarm is triggered, the PCC will indicate whether a person is in the vehicle through a very sensitive heart rate sensor and an advanced calculation process.
Continuing security, the all new XC70 can be specified with laminated glass in all windows, including the rear side window and rear body, making breakdowns more difficult. This means that the luggage compartment also gets effective protection. The rear storage system under the luggage compartment floor has a capacity of more than 1.62 cubic feet (without spare wheels), and can now be locked. Locked automatically and conveniently when the tailgate is closed and locked.
The all-new Volvo XC70 packs safety and comfort with an optional, power-operated tailgate. By pressing the button on the remote control, complete access to the storage area occurs thanks to the vehicle’s hydraulics. To reduce the risk of accidentally pinching a hand or finger, the panel is closed from the panel in the back of the body itself. In addition, the two-stage safety function is integrated into the back of the body, which involves printing pinch protection on each side and emergency stop. The hydraulic system is equipped with a force sensor, immediately stops if you feel any obstacles during operation.
Gallery of 2007 Volvo XC70 Surf Rescue Concept Car Specs and Review
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