7 January 2004

Volvo is showing off four new safety innovations at Detroit. Blind Spot Information System (BLIS) uses digital cameras mounted on the door mirrors to monitor cars entering the driver's blind spot on either side and flashes a warning light in the cabin.

Also new is a curtain airbag for convertibles. Manufacturers have struggled to fit one in the past because soft-tops have no roof mounting point, but Volvo's system fires up from the door.

BLIS will be launched later this year and convertible curtain airbags arrive with the next generation C70. Volvo is also developing adaptive cruise control and automatic brake activation that senses a stationary car ahead and applies the brake if the driver fails to react.

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