Volvo hops in to save our Skip­pys

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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

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