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Volvo Cars Now Detect & Automatically Brake For Cyclists, Pedestrians
By Anthea Quay, 06 Mar 2013
First, ‘ pedestrian airbags’—now, a system that detects and automatically brakes for pedestrians that jaywalk and cyclists that swerve in front of cars.
Unveiled at the 2013 Geneva Motorshow, the ‘Pedestrian and Cyclist Detection’ with full auto brake technology was developed especially to safeguard cyclists—according to the brand’s research, 50% of cyclists killed in Europe was because of car collisions.
The new collision avoidance system uses a radar in the car’s grille, a high-resolution camera in front of the interior rear-view mirror, a central control unit and rapid vision processing to scan ahead.
The radar detects objects in front of the car, while the camera determines the type of objects and the moving pattern of the objects, and the central control unit monitors and evaluates the traffic situation.
When the car with automotive safety feature detects cyclists suddenly swerving in front of it, the car would give an instant warning and apply full braking power if collision is imminent.
According to Volvo, the technology also covers vehicles.
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