Cy­clists on Volvo’s safety radar

NT News - Motoring - - CARS GUIDE - By KURT ERNST

VOLVO has added cy­clist de­tec­tion to its pedes­trian sens­ing sys­tem.

The brand orig­i­nally known for build­ing safe and re­li­able cars has branched out to tar­get road­side an­i­mals and pedes­tri­ans in its safety net, and now that list in­cludes bi­cy­clists, too.

An off­shoot of Volvo’s Pedes­trian De­tec­tion sys­tem, first launched in 2010, the new Pedes­trian and Cy­clist De­tec­tion sys­tem in­cludes full auto-brake ca­pa­bil­i­ties.

Ad­vance­ments in soft­ware, in­clud­ing faster vi­sion pro- cess­ing, now al­low the sys­tem to cover what Volvo is de­scrib­ing as ‘‘cer­tain’’ cy­clist sit­u­a­tions.

Since Volvo’s de­tec­tion sys­tem is for­ward-look­ing, it can re­act to cy­clists mov­ing in the same di­rec­tion as the car, as­sum­ing the dif­fer­en­tial in speed is not sub­stan­tial.

When it senses a col­li­sion with a cy­clist is im­mi­nent, the sys­tem de­liv­ers a warn­ing to the driver and au­to­mat­i­cally brakes to avoid or min­imise an ac­ci­dent.

Look for Volvo to roll out the Pedes­trian and Cy­clist De­tec­tion sys­tem on its V40, S60, V60, XC60, V70, XC70 and S80 mod­els later this year.

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