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Volvo Unveils New Technology to Avoid Cyclists
Text Size Published: Friday, 8 Mar 2013 | 12:57 PM
After years of talk about the need for cars and trucks to do a better job of detecting and preventing accidents with bicyclists, Volvo has taken the first concrete step in that direction.
The company has unveiled new technology that will allow Volvo models to detect those riding bicycles and apply full braking before the car hits the cyclists. Volvo’s Pedestrian and Cyclist Detection will be available in 2013 versions of the S60, XC90, XC70, and S80 models.
New Tech to Avoid Accidents
It was only a matter of time until one of the automakers combined the advanced use of cameras and sensors to create a system for avoiding bicyclists.
How does the Volvo system work? A radar in the car’s grill and a camera pointing towards the front of the car from the interior rear view mirror are constantly monitoring what’s in front of the Volvo. If a cyclist heading in the same direction as the car swerves out in front of the car and a collision is likely, the sensors alert the car’s central control unit. Instantly a warning is sent to the driverand full brakes are automatically applied.