Swedish car company Volvo has been working on sophisticated safety kit for decades. However, it has just taken a big step towards achieving its ambition of ensuring that by 2020 no one will be killed or seriously injured in its new cars.
“One of the final steps towards realising this vision” is a new feature that determines collision-free escape routes from danger ahead, should the car not be able to stop in time, says Volvo. This December the company’s “Non-Hit Car and Truck” project will come to an end, having created next-generation “sensor fusion technologies that provide a seamless 360 degree view around a car.”
This system works to reduce accident risks for both cars and commercial vehicles, using an array of sensors dotted around the vehicle, to build a detection system which monitors the roads all around the car. This has resulted in the development of a centralised network that brings together information from cameras, radar, lidar and GPS systems.
Our primary objective is to focus on preventing different types of accident scenarios. But going forward, we will also continue to work on developing cars that adapt to each individual driver’s unique behaviour.
Consequently, vehicles fitted with this technology can spot any potentially threatening objects located around the car, which drivers may not be able to see. More than this, vehicles will have a “manoeuvre generator”, which uses software to identify collision-free routes out of the situation, and will be able to assist drivers with auto-braking and steering control.
This kit also plays a key role in autonomous cars: “The technology is imperative for the development of self-driving cars, which will be able to automatically steer and brake to avoid collision with any object in any situation,” says Anders Almevad, project manager for Volvo’s non-hit car project.
Mr Almevad continues: “Our primary objective is to focus on preventing different types of accident scenarios. But going forward, we will also continue to work on developing cars that adapt to each individual driver’s unique behaviour.”