Blind Spot Information System (BLIS)
Previewed in the Volvo Safety Concept Car in 2001 with a refined version revealed as one of Volvo's safety technology innovations at the Detroit Auto Show in January 2004, Volvo is now introducing BLIS for the first time on production cars – a world first in passenger cars.
BLIS operates when the car's travelling above 6mph (10km/h), and uses digital camera technology mounted in the door mirrors to monitor surrounding traffic, taking 25 pictures a second to register when another vehicle is moving within the car's blind-spot zone – within 3m of each side of and up to 9.5m behind the car.
An amber light on the A-pillar by the door mirror inside the car warns the driver if BLIS detects other traffic. The warning lamp is triangular, to represent a warning symbol, and positioned so it can be seen easily as the driver checks mirrors before any manoeuvre.
It is programmed to work day or night, but not to react to static objects such as parked cars, and a warning message alerts the driver if the system cannot function in poor visibility like heavy fog or snow. A button on the dashboard enables the system to be turned off, if desired.
Water Repellent Glass (WRG)
New water repellent glass is now available for S60, V70 and XC70 side windows and door mirrors. To improve visibility when driving in rain, a hydrophobic surface treatment on the front side windows turns water into small beads which the airflow will blow away, leaving the window clear. A small symbol on the glass illustrates the car is fitted with WRG.
Passenger Airbag Cut-Off Switch
For added customer convenience, a Passenger Airbag Cut-Off Switch is introduced for the first time in a Volvo. This is controlled by using the ignition key in a switch on the side of the dashboard, and illustrated by a warning symbol above the rear view mirror.
Extended Service Intervals
Service intervals for all S60, V70 and XC70 5-cylinder petrol engines have been increased from 12,000 to 18,000 miles (or one year whichever comes firstPublished 27 May 2004