Volvo has developed an advanced driver assist programme for its bus models that can detect and help prevent collisions with pedestrians and cyclists.
The system, which uses a camera mounted on the vehicle’s exterior, will be rolled out from the start of next year on European buses. The camera processes images through complex algorithms to detect potential hazards, with its primary focus being to spot pedestrians and cyclists who could come into contact with the bus.
To alert the driver of a hazard or potential impact, lights and sound signals are projected in the cabin. If an impact is imminent, the pedestrian or cyclist is also warned with the automatic sounding of the bus’s horn.
Volvo says the technology uses existing hardware that was developed for its cars. It represents a first wave of driver and safety assist programmes that will be added to Volvo buses in the coming years.
“Accidents involving buses and unprotected road users seldom occur, but when they do the consequences may be very serious,” explained Peter Danielsson, director of vehicle features and safety at Volvo Buses. “In order to minimise the risks, it is important that drivers and anyone moving around near buses – such as at bus stops and pedestrian crossings – pays close attention to the traffic. In this context the Pedestrian and Cyclist Detection System offers excellent support.”
Volvo has also developed a minimum noise system for its electric drive busses. The zero emissions buses, which will be used in European cities such as Sweden’s Gothenburg from next year, are significantly quieter than diesel equivalents and therefore far easier to go undetected by pedestrians.