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Volvo Announces The Pedestrian Detection System

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On: Tue, Sep 28, 2010 at 1:37PM | By: Sherry Christiansen

Volvo Announces The Pedestrian Detection System

Volvo’s new S60 sedan has been announced with a recent press release describing one innovative safety feature: the pedestrian detection system. Volvo engineers promised the new pedestrian detection system would actually stop the car by itself. According to Volvo approximately in 11%, or 4,700, of all traffic fatalities in the U.S. are pedestrians. In Europe it's about 14 percent, and in China 26 percent.

True to Volvo's tradition of emphasizing safety, the S60 will feature a collision warning system with an automatic brake function, in addition to the pedestrian protection feature which can recognize the presence of pedestrians on the road. Once the vehicle reaches speeds of more than 25 mph the automatic braking procedure is triggered, if the driver does not react in time, slowing the car down to reduce the collision severity as much as possible.

In live crash test dummy evaluations, drivers were instructed to maintain a steady speed of 22 mph heading straight to an adult or child-size dummy. Just at the point where a collision seemed inevitable, a chime gives an audible warning and a bar illuminates on the windshield, and then the brakes automatically engage, stopping just a foot or more from the dummy. At speeds of over 25 mph the feature will engage but will not bring the vehicle to a complete stop.

The car’s sensor can actually tell the difference between a person and an inanimate object, such as another vehicle, or even an animal. According to Volvo the system isn't designed to detect animals. Engineers state that the Volvo chooses to focus only on humans because of the high incidence of pedestrian accidents each year.

If the driver of the vehicles sees the pedestrian and attempts to steer around her/him, the system will allow an emergency maneuver with no application of the brake

The price of the new pedestrian detection system is $2,100 as part of a technology package that includes adaptive cruise control and lane departure warning on the 2011 S60 sedan that starts at $38,550.

Production has been planned this year at the company's Belgian factory; the Volvo S60 will be fitted with the 1.6-litre petrol engine turbo, with an output of 180 hp, unveiled at the Detroit Show, the start-stop system and twin-clutch gearbox come as standard features.

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