Radical technology is being developed to aid autonomous driving and collision detection
10 July 2012

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.

In Sweden, accidents with animals typically occur at cruising speeds of 60mph. With that speed reduced through automatic braking to 50mph, “the car’s safety systems are effective and the risk of serious injuries is small”. The braking system can detect animals from a distance of up to 30 metres away.

In May, Volvo completed a 120-mile convoy of self-driven cars that were linked wirelessly to a lead car. 

According to Volvo the new system will allow drivers to “work on their laptops, read a book or sit back and enjoy a relaxed lunch".

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10 July 2012

it looks brilliant, I like it.

10 July 2012

They'd be better off spending their money on new engines and chassis's as Ford may pull the rug on them one day. 

Also, interesting use of words  "autonomous driving support" does the 'support' bit absolve Volvo when it all goes wrong? 

typos1 - Just can’t respect opinion

10 July 2012

Now that Ford era has come to an end, we will see an interesting new Volvo emmerge, just like that of Jaguar and Land Rover after their departure from the big and brash blue oval!

10 July 2012

It's going to be fun for the no-win-no-fee lawyers: 'I was trying to steer left to avoid the collision but the car was trying to steer itself to the right which was why I crashed'.  Or 'My volvo should have stopped itself before the line of stationary traffic. Sue them not me'.



5 November 2012

Volvo is known for its safety systems that is rarely found anywhere. All the three safety systems mentioned above will greatly help the driver. these safety systems will provide stress free driving with lowered risk of accidents.

Volvo Repair Santa Monica

4 July 2013

It sounds like Volvo is determined to make a difference. I hope their plans are going to work. Car accidents account for many deaths, we're relying on new technology to solve this problem.

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