Volvo revamps its pedestrian detection system to mechanically brake for cyclists (video)

Volvo revamps its pedestrian detection system to automatically brake for cyclists (video)

Automobiles that mechanically cease when a pedestrian is in the best way have been in Volvo’s fleet for some time now, however the automaker has simply unveiled an replace to its present tech that’ll stomp on the brakes when cyclists are too shut for consolation. Introduced at this yr’s Geneva Motor Present, the revamped system detects how shut objects are with a grille-mounted radar after which makes use of a excessive-def digital camera inside an auto’s rear-view mirror to discern whether or not it is barreling down on a pedestrian or a biker. When bicyclists swerve in entrance of an vehicle heading in the identical course, the setup instantly alerts the driving force and applies full brake energy — a world’s first Volvo says. Based on the Swedish producer, all automobiles outfitted with the pedestrian detection could have the bike owner recognizing know-how baked in, and it will present up in mid-Might inside the new Volvo V40, S60, V60, XC60, V70, XC70 and S80. Head previous the break for a video of the function in motion.

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Volvo Automotive Group reveals world-first Bike owner Detection with full auto brake in Geneva

Doug Speck, Senior Vice President Advertising, Gross sales and Buyer Service at Volvo Automotive Group, actually rolled out one other Volvo world first in automotive security at a press convention on the 2013 Geneva Motor Present on Tuesday. He launched the groundbreaking security function – a know-how that detects and routinely brakes for cyclists swerving out in entrance of the automotive – by getting into the stage on a bicycle.

The brand new performance is an enhancement of the current detection and auto brake know-how, and the package deal can be referred to as Pedestrian and Bike owner Detection with full auto brake. All automobiles outfitted with pedestrian detection may also incorporate bike owner detection.

“Because the chief in automotive security, we have now been first within the business with all detection and auto brake applied sciences, from the primary-era brake help in 2006 to pedestrian detection with full auto brake in 2010,” stated Doug Speck.

Counteracts accidents In accordance with accident knowledge, about 50 per cent of all cyclists killed in European visitors have collided with a automotive – a quantity that’s counteracted by Volvo Automobiles’ new Pedestrian and Bike owner Detection know-how.

New superior software program, together with extra speedy imaginative and prescient processing, has made it attainable to increase the current detection and auto brake know-how to cowl additionally sure bike owner conditions.

“Our options for avoiding collisions with unprotected street customers are distinctive within the business. By overlaying increasingly more objects and conditions, we reinforce our world-main place inside automotive security. We maintain shifting in the direction of our lengthy-time period imaginative and prescient to design automobiles that don’t crash,” stated Doug Speck.

Automated braking A bike owner in the identical lane swerving out in entrance of the automotive is one incident sort that’s addressed by the Pedestrian and Bike owner Detection with full auto brake, which can be out there within the Volvo V40, S60, V60, XC60, V70, XC70 and S80 fashions from mid-Might in 2013.

The superior sensor system scans the world forward. If a bike owner heading in the identical course because the automotive all of the sudden swerves out in entrance of the automotive because it approaches from behind and a collision is imminent, there’s an immediate warning and full braking energy is utilized.

The automotive’s velocity has appreciable significance for the result of an accident. A decrease velocity of influence signifies that the danger of great damage is considerably decreased.

Combining digital camera and radar Pedestrian and Bike owner Detection with full auto brake consists of a radar unit built-in into the automotive’s grille, a digital camera fitted in entrance of the inside rear-view mirror and a central management unit. The radar’s process is to detect objects in entrance of the automotive and to find out the space to them. The digital camera determines the kind of the objects. Because of the twin-mode radar’s broad visual field, pedestrians and cyclists might be detected early on. The excessive-decision digital camera makes it attainable to identify the shifting sample of pedestrians and cyclists. The central management unit constantly screens and evaluates the visitors state of affairs.

The auto brake system requires each the radar and the digital camera to verify the thing. With the superior sensor know-how, it’s then potential to use full braking energy instantly when crucial. The know-how additionally covers automobiles driving in the identical lane.

Main renewal of six fashions On the firm’s press convention in Geneva, Volvo Automobiles additionally introduced the brand new mannequin vary, which incorporates new variations of the Volvo S60, V60, XC60, V70, XC70, S80 and the Volvo V60 Plug-in Hybrid.

“That is probably the most in depth improvement of present fashions in our firm’s historical past. Every of the enhancements is designed round our clients’ wants. We have now targeted on high quality and a spotlight to element with a view to give these fashions a serious increase and sharpen their competitiveness,” stated Doug Speck.

CO2 emissions at 88 g/km It was additionally introduced in Geneva that the profitable new Volvo V40 is now out there in a guide D2 model (one hundred fifteen hp) with CO2 emissions right down to 88 g/km, which interprets into gasoline consumption of three.four l/one hundred km.

“By chopping the CO2 emission determine by an extra six grams per kilometre, we as soon as once more exhibit our main place inside gasoline effectivity enhancements,” stated Doug Speck.

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