Crash avoid­ance

Matamata Chronicle - - Motoring -

We’ve al­ready seen huge ad­vances in crash safety with the wide­spread in­tro­duc­tion of seat­belts in the 1970s, airbags in the ’80s and, most re­cently, the evo­lu­tion of elec­tronic sta­bil­ity con­trol.

Volvo has led the field when it comes to play­ing safely and last year in­tro­duced City Safety, a pack­age that helps cars wear­ing the Volvo badge pre­vent a low-speed rear-end col­li­sion even be­fore the driver is aware the sit­u­a­tion is likely to end in bent metal. It uses for­ward-look­ing radar to de­tect if it is clos­ing on the car in front too fast (a newer ver­sion also looks for pedes­tri­ans) and slows the Volvo down au­to­mat­i­cally.

Subaru is work­ing on a sim­i­lar sys­tem that uses two cam­eras – just like a pair of hu­man eyes – to iden­tify cars or pedes­tri­ans. The sys­tem will ar­rive on the more ex­pen­sive six-cylin­der Lib­erty and Out­back mod­els this year.

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