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Volvo Introduces "World First" Cyclist Detection Technology in Geneva

Volvo Introduces "World First" Cyclist Detection Technology in Geneva

By Jeff Youngs, March 12, 2013
At the 2013 Geneva Motor Show, Volvo announced a "world first" safety technology called Pedestrian and Cyclist Detection with Full Auto Brake. An enhancement of Volvo's existing pedestrian-detection system, the new technology is designed to detect and automatically brake for bicycle riders who may swerve in front of a Volvo equipped with the feature.

"As the leader in automotive safety, we have been first in the industry with all detection and auto brake technologies, from the first-generation brake support in 2006 to pedestrian detection with full auto brake in 2010," said Doug Speck, senior vice president marketing, sales and customer service at Volvo Car Group. "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."

The new technology employs a radar unit mounted within the vehicle's grille, designed to detect objects ahead and the vehicle's distance to those objects. A camera is mounted to the front of the rearview mirror, which identifies the moving patterns of pedestrians and cyclists. A central control unit with new advanced software and rapid vision processing continuously monitors and evaluates the data from the radar unit and the camera, and can apply full automatic braking in the event that a pedestrian or cyclist steps in front of the Volvo.

The new Pedestrian and Cyclist Detection with Full Auto Brake technology will be offered beginning in May 2013, and has been announced for the following European models: V40, S60, V60, XC60, V70, XC70, and S80.

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