Cyclists on Volvo’s safety radar
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.