Volvo Car Group introduced the worlds first cyclist detection system at the Geneva Motor Show on Tuesday. Add this to the list of Volvo ‘world firsts’. The technology combines the use of radar and a camera mounted in the rear view mirror to sense and detect when a cyclist enters the path of the car. When the system detects a cyclist, it automatically applies the brakes to avoid a collision.
Built on top of Volvo’s Pedestrian Detection System, the camera mounted in the rear view mirror is now able to detect and tell the difference between cyclists and pedestrians and handle the different entities in a different manner. Cyclists have the capability to change direction or momentum quickly compared to pedestrians and this system can react appropriately.
“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,” said Doug Speck.
This updated system will be available in the Volvo V40, S60, V60, XC60, V70, XC70 and S80 models from mid-May in 2013. With Volvo’s first step in taking action to avoid accidents with pedestrians and cyclists, this will hopefully push other car manufacturer’s to introduce similar car safety features to create a safer mode of transportation for all parties involved.
Check out the video below for an example of how the system would work.
For more information, check out the announcement via Volvo’s webpage.