Roos fox driverless cars
SUPERSAFE car manufacturer Volvo may have trouble launching their self-driving cars in Australia – because they can’t recognise KANGAROOS! The company’s “Large Animal Detection system” can identify and avoid deer, elk and caribou, but early testing Down Under shows it cannot adjust to the kangaroo’s hopping. Volvo’s Australian technical manager, David Pickett, said the troubles had arisen because their cars’ object detection systems used the ground as a reference point, and a kangaroo’s hopping was confusing it. He said: “When it’s in the air, it looks like it’s further away. Then it lands and it looks closer.” Kangaroos are responsible for 90% of collisions between vehicles and animals in Australia.