Volvo has outlined three new safety technologies it is developing in its drive to eliminate deaths or serious injuries in Volvo cars by 2020.
The areas of safety technology in development include autonomous driving support, intersection support and animal detection.
Autonomous driving support aims to ease driving in traffic conditions thanks to a camera and radar systems. These can detect if the car in front is braking heavily or changing direction quickly. If a danger is recognised, the car’s engine, brakes and steering react automatically. The system also helps to keep the car in the correct lane.
Volvo’s intersection support uses in-built sensors to read traffic conditions and can brake the car automatically if an impending collision is detected.
According to an ‘Active Safety Functions’ representative, the system “not only helps to deal with the driver’s mistake, but those of other road users, too. We’re trying to do the same thing that people would do in the same situation if they had time to react”.
Animal detection is a further development of Volvo’s pedestrian protection system, which brakes the car’s wheels for wild animals.