Skip to comments.Volvo Device Automatically Slams The Brakes When It Spots Pedestrians, Cyclists In Carís Path
Posted on 03/06/2013 8:25:39 AM PST by BenLurkin
SANTA MONICA (CBSLA.com) Volvo has unveiled a new cutting-edge device that automatically slams the brakes of a car when it spots and identifies pedestrians and cyclists in its pathway.
The high-definition cameras, which are located in the rear-view mirror and the cars radar, first sends the driver warning lights and sounds when a person or bicyclist comes too close to the vehicle.
If the driver fails to react, thats when the car will then come to a stop.
Volvo has always been the leader in safety. They invented the three-point safety belt back in the 1950s. Take that forward thinking and thats where we are today, said Will Saunders of Volvo of Santa Monica.
Drivers believe the new technology could make a difference in peoples lives in todays world of distracted motorists.
If you could have that one extra signal or device that would maybe put the brakes on a little earlier, that would be great, said driver Neal Davis.
According to Volvo, the radar device will be available in May and become standard in all of its 2014 models.
Yeah, I was thinking all is going swimmingly until the auto breaks activate you come to an abrupt stop and the car behind you slams into you, rear ending you. Indeed what can go wrong?
Volvo is starting to make the “SmartCar” more appealing.
This is just a bad idea that will kill sales.
Smart cars are for stupid drivers.
Smart cars are for stupid drivers.
You cannot anticipate the mistaken actions this technology might take. Bicyclists weaving in and out of traffic could cause havoc when it is THEIR duty to be sure and mindful of their surroundings, even when they are illegally passing on the right and “riding” through red lights as “pedestrian crossers”......bad bad innovation bound to make Volvo wish they’d never taken the “we include all” approach to safety.
“Now I can drive a little faster and be a little less attentive, because I know my Volvo will stop itself if necessary.”
It will be like how ABS brakes reduced the number of accidents for a while until people started to depend on them to cover for their own reduced driving skills.
So what about the guy who ran out of gas, is walking down the freeway, will the car stop?
How does the car tell the difference between someone walking or biking in the bike lane that runs parallel to the car’s lane?
So when car jackers want to make sure you don’t drive off with your own car, they’ll pick this car?
Bruck’s prediction: this will kill more people than it saves.
This will be especially dangerous in the country where there’s limited road space and wild life everywhere.
Lots of data to ID and track "targets" and calculate their current travel vectors and then evaluate the "threat" level. Where there are lane markings, the vehicle knows how close to the boundary both the vehicle and "target" are and projects where both are likely to be for the next few seconds.
The solution to a traffic problem is frequently the application of the brakes ~ something rarely thought of.
Remember, this is a pedestrian in the way.
You could take the same technology to fire your rifle or pistol ~ to make sure you hit your target and not somebody else.
What if I *WANT* to run someone down? Can I disable this feature on the fly?
ABS has not had any such effect ~ however, you can turn it off, and as it became mandatory, you of course ran up against the marketplace yahoos who don’t believe computers can out think them.
No, you'd have to disable the radar and the camera.
Please remain calm....
Nothing can go wrong....
[Sunshade driver-cam recording]...
Knowledgeable drivers searching for the spring-loaded red-guarded switch labelled:
This times 1M. I work auto claims and you can't imagine how many people will blame their rear sensors for not going off (or saying the person wasn't there because they didn't). Except, of course, they were there or we wouldn't be talking. Or the people that only use their rear cameras to back. I can't wait until we start getting the claims from the cars that parallel park themselves, but fail.
Or disable the automatic portion of the brake system.
There's that 'swerve' they almost always get into and ABS puts on the brakes when that happens.
As a 25-year professional driver, let me say that there have been many many times when an abrupt stop would have been the wrong answer to something coming in your way, ......a deft "sidestep" was far more safe.
Autonomous vehicles have been demonstrated in recent years and that is the future. I will welcome a vehicle that can be it's own valet parker.
“drivers utilized the more sophisticated brakes for higher speeds and harder braking, not for greater safety.”
I’ll bet you’re really looking forward to the Googlemobile self-driving car.
If all cars have it, arrogant pedestrians will just step off the curb at will, pleased to have impeded you and spilling your coffee. Carjacking gets very easy, too.
Good to know I have doing it correct all my driving years, thanks. :-)
Now I can drive a little faster and be a little less attentive, because I know my Volvo will stop itself if necessary.
Out here in Californicator land, Volvo drivers seem to fall into two categories:
1. My Volvo is super safe, and I can do really stupid things while driving it over any speed limit.
2. Then, the opposite, Volvos are intended to drive several miles below the speed limit and in the fast/passing lane if possible. These are driven the Green freaks.
We know one family that falls into both categories. The 3 males who have each destroyed a Volvo station wagon are in the first category.
The women, mother/daughter, fall into the second category.
The guys are now working on destroying a Pius/male. They have totalled 2 so far. Their 6 year old Tundra looks like a vehicle that was entered into a lot of crash a ramas. Their insurance agent probably takes a lot of cruise with their insurance has banned them from driving their Tundra except in their vineyard and will not insure any of the males in a Volvo.
Let’s hope it goes better than their Electronic Throttle Module fiasco in the 99-01 vehicles. I won’t be their beta test group this time.
A way for bad people to safely stop you and rob you? Works perfectly...
My car has a feature which,with the use of several sensors (? including radar),will partially apply (in some emergency cases) or fully apply (in other cases) the brakes.I’ve never figured out the exact details but it sounds worthwhile.In fact,a guy on an enthusiast board I frequent says that that system deployed in a really bad situation he found himself in and he said it worked beautifully and that he’s now a firm believer in the technology.
Can’t wait to see how this ‘slam on the brakes’ system works on snow and ice.
Or maybe I can wait.
A friend has a Volvo SUV. It will apply the brakes if he comes up on the back of a car, wall etc.
Guess this is a refinement to smaller objects.
In NYC the car will be stopping every 10 ft
I don’t think I can out think a computer; however, I’d rather spend $30 to replace a broken mechanical part than $2,000 to replace a malfunctioning computer. I think that is the issue most people have. If I had the money, I would reinvent the basic automobile with interchangable parts, 3 hoses, and no wires. I would then charge about $3,000 for it brand new and make a fortune. Bells and whistles are nice when they are working, but most people just want to get from Point A to Point B.
What carjacker would want this turkey?
Or kids tossing or holding stick figgers in the right spot to laff at the car slammin on the brakes.
I am excited about this technology and applaud Volvo for developing it.
The word “slam” in the article is disturbing. In real life situations slamming on the brakes brings to mind possibly losing control of the vehicle, possibly hitting the cyclist or pedestrian that you were trying to avoid hitting anyway. So they probably meant non-skidding brake technology.
Consider that half the drivers are below average intelligence . . .
“I can’t wait until we start getting the claims from the cars that parallel park themselves, but fail.”
They had a self-parking Lexus on an episode of Top Gear. It took FOUR ATTEMPTS for it to replicate a half-assed parallel parking job by a human.
You’re right about the poor choice of words.
In my car (’91 Miata, no ABS) I know to NEVER slam on the brakes; all that does is lock up the front wheels instantly, leaving me no option other than sliding forward until the car either stops or hits something.
That's what Tsar Peter saved us all from.
“Think of how stupid the average person is, and then realize that half of ‘em are stupider than that!” - George Carlin
But that's about all of the driving I'd want a car to do for me.
This sounds like a bad, bad idea.
Actually, I think most of the fuel injected East Asian California designed engines are pretty much the same in that regard.