Volvo recently introduced another world-first safety feature as they rolled out its 'Pedestrian and Cyclist Detection' with full auto brake function at the 2013 Geneva Auto Show. This innovative technology from Volvo detects both pedestrians and cyclists and automatically brakes when either swerves or stops in front of the car.
This function is Volvo's enhanced version of its current pedestrian detection and auto brake technology. The Scandinavian company programmed the existing version to include new and more advanced software to include rapid vision processing to cover cyclists in this safety system.
The system works via a combination of cameras and advanced radar sensors that scans the area in front of the car and detects multiple pedestrians and cyclists simultaneously. If a cyclist then swerves towards the direction of the car and collision is imminent, a warning is flashed together with the automatic application of the brakes to put the car to a complete halt.
"Our solutions for avoiding collisions with unprotected road users are unique in the industry. By covering more and more objects and situations, we reinforce our world-leading position within automotive safety. We keep moving towards our long-term vision to design cars that do not crash." said Doug Speck, Vice President Marketing of Sales and Customer Service of the Volvo Car Group
The Volvo Pedestrian and Cyclist Detection with full auto brake feature will be available in the Volvo V40, S60, V60, XC60, V70, XC70 and S80 models from mid-May in 2013.