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Volvo unveils cyclist detection system

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    Volvo unveils cyclist detection system

    Volvo has always been at the forefront of safety innovation, and now its wide-reaching safety net includes cyclists alongside pedestrians and roadside animals.

    By Kurt Ernst, Guest blogger / March 10, 2013

    No automaker in the world has done as good a job of both innovating and marketing safety features as Volvo. 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 processing, 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 that a collision is imminent, the system delivers a warning to the driver and automatically brakes to avoid or minimize an accident.

    In Europe, roughly 50-percent of cyclist fatalities are caused by impacts with motor vehicles. Volvo’s system, which relies on data from both a radar unit and a camera, allows for accurate object recognition at the farthest possible distances, potentially enabling a significant reduction in collisions between automobile and bicyclists.

    Read more: http://www.csmonitor.com/Business/In-Gear/2013/0310/Volvo-unveils-cyclist-detection-system


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