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Volvo Engineering Animal Detection Safety Technology

Swedish automaker prepares new features involving collisions between cars and animals in the road.

Karla Sanchez
Jul 13, 2012
As part of Volvo's active safety technology developments, the Swedish automaker is preparing a new set of features including one that could reduce the severity of collisions involving cars and animals in the road. Overall, Volvo is hoping that by 2020, nobody will be killed or seriously injured in a new Volvo.
Photo 2/16   |   Volvo Autonomous Driving In Traffic Queues
Autonomous driving support may be one way to achieve this. Volvo is working on a system for driving in slow-moving traffic queues, in which data from a camera and radar sensors help the car follow a vehicle in front. Autonomous cars and V2V communication are nothing new, though Volvo is the first to successfully attempt an autonomous road train on public roads.
Accidents often occur in intersections, and Volvo's Intersection Support could help prevent them. Intersection support is designed to get a vehicle act more like humans, meaning sensors will act as eyes, computers as the brain, and brakes as the muscles. Data is collected by driving thousands of miles all over the world to simulate different types of intersections.
Volvo is also attacking high collision rates with animal detection. Trained to recognize shapes of animals in daylight and nighttime, the system automatically applies the brakes if it detects a large animal. Though the system is aimed at larger animals like elk, horses, and cattle, experts are working on collecting data to increase the chances of detecting smaller animals such as deer and wild boar.
Photo 3/16   |   Volvo Autonomous Driving In Traffic
If you're afraid of colliding with an animal on a winding road at night in the rain, new headlight technology from Carnegie Mellon might prove effective. While Highway Loss Data Institute research suggested that active safety systems are effective, the study found adaptive headlights are as well. Carnegie Mellon's "smart" headlights use a camera to predict where raindrops will fall within milliseconds, and then deactivate light beams that would normally bounce off the drops and reduce the driver's visibility, reports Wards Auto.
Photo 4/16   |   Volvo Wild Animal Detection With Deer In Distance
Which of these technologies would you consider for your next car?
Source: Volvo, Wards Auto

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