Volvo fails crash test
THE safety of Volvo’s world-first pedestrian protection system is under fire again after a series of failed tests involving Australian journalists.
The latest mishap follows a crash earlier in the year when a Volvo crashed into a truck instead of braking automatically to avoid it.
This time the Pedestrian Detection system failed to trigger as the latest V60 approached a humanoid dummy during a demonstration at Verona in Italy.
The incident also reveals that Volvo engineers discreetly modify the inflatable dummies to trick the cars radar system into detecting a pedestrian.
More than 650 demonstrations passed without incident during the V60 press preview in Italy but things went wrong for the Aussies.
‘‘'I am very sad this has happened,’’ Volvo’s head of active safety Jonas Tisell said. ‘‘We know the technology works, but I am not happy with the demonstration methods we are using.’’
Volvo believes the failures, which saw the dummy struck several times, occurred because a small plastic panel covered in aluminium foil that sits in a sandbag at the dummy was not installed correctly.
Volvo also suspects a tractor and trailer directly behind the dummy but some distance away has confused the pedestrian warning system.
Tisell insists there is no need to changes to the calibration of the pedestrian warning technology but Volvo will review its public demonstration procedures for its crash avoidance systems.