Volvo hops in to save our Skippys
roos,’’ he said. Dogs and cats are not on the list.
‘‘Driver safety is not an issue when it comes to a collision with those animals. Of course it’s a pity, and I happen to like cats, but there are no plans to (detect dogs or cats),’’ he said.
Volvo says it will do most of the development work on kangaroos by using computer simulations.
It will then create a kangaroo crash test dummy similar to the one used by Holden for decades. It will be tested in Australia in the final stages.
‘‘Eventually, we will have to test it in an environment with real kangaroos,’’ Mr Magnusson said.
The system will not swerve the car to avoid a kangaroo, but will instead apply the brakes at full force to reduce the impact speed from, say, 110km/h to 70km/h.
A radar sensor in the grille scans the road 100m ahead and a camera in the windscreen works with the radar to detect which way the object is moving to help the computer decide what action to take.
Volvo claims the system processes 15 images every second and can react to an emergency in half the time a human driver can.
Volvo is developing technology to lessen vehicle collisions with kangaroos