Tuesday, August 10, 2010

Volvo to 'Guarantee' Fatality-Free Cars...!

Forget the leather interior, latest stereo system, GPS navigation.... The next-generation of Volvo cars are aimed to guarantee fatality-free cars by 2020...! This is a bold statement by Volvo and personally I am curious how they will stand by their word.
By 2020, "nobody shall be seriously injured or killed in a new Volvo," according to the carmaker's Vision 2020 program.
As part of its Vision 2020 program, Volvo will start testing "road trains" early next year, in which cars will use adaptive cruise controls to maintain a set distance from each other. Road trains will take advantage of existing automated systems for maintaining distance, accelerating and decelerating, according to Volvo.
Currently there are detection systems in Volvo cars. The 2011 Volvo S60 is equipped with a passenger detection system with radar and a camera.
If a person steps in front of the car, the car will bleep to warn the driver. If the driver doesn't react immediately, the system automatically applies the brakes. The system can prevent pedestrian collisions at speeds up to 20 mph, and at higher speeds, at least the car's speed is reduced before impact, Volvo says.
...Overall this is truly a bold statement by Volvo.
In a perfect world this idea is would make sense, but with all the driver errors and mechanical failures out there, 'guaranteeing' a fatality-free car is a tall order. What are your thoughts...?

via popsci

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