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Volvo Device Automatically Slams The Brakes When It Spots Pedestrians, Cyclists In Carís Path
CBSLA.com) ^ | March 5, 2013 11:39 PM

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 car’s 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, that’s 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 that’s where we are today,” said Will Saunders of Volvo of Santa Monica.

Drivers believe the new technology could make a difference in people’s lives in today’s 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.


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What could go wrong?
1 posted on 03/06/2013 8:25:45 AM PST by BenLurkin
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To: BenLurkin

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?


2 posted on 03/06/2013 8:31:51 AM PST by Conservative4Ever (I'm going Galt)
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To: BenLurkin

Volvo is starting to make the “SmartCar” more appealing.

This is just a bad idea that will kill sales.


3 posted on 03/06/2013 8:32:16 AM PST by DustyMoment (Congress - another name for anti-American criminals!!)
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To: BenLurkin
Imagine a squirrel running out in front of your car. You're doing 55...
4 posted on 03/06/2013 8:34:04 AM PST by Eric in the Ozarks (NRA Life Member)
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To: BenLurkin

Smart cars are for stupid drivers.


5 posted on 03/06/2013 8:37:13 AM PST by ZirconEncrustedTweezers (I'll stop being a cynic when the world stops giving me reasons to be cynical.)
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To: BenLurkin

Smart cars are for stupid drivers.


6 posted on 03/06/2013 8:37:13 AM PST by ZirconEncrustedTweezers (I'll stop being a cynic when the world stops giving me reasons to be cynical.)
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To: Conservative4Ever

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.


7 posted on 03/06/2013 8:37:50 AM PST by Gaffer
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To: BenLurkin

“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.


8 posted on 03/06/2013 8:39:16 AM PST by jiggyboy (Ten percent of poll respondents are either lying or insane)
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To: BenLurkin

hum?
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?


9 posted on 03/06/2013 8:40:02 AM PST by svcw (Why is one cell on another planet considered life, and in the womb it is not.)
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To: BenLurkin

So when car jackers want to make sure you don’t drive off with your own car, they’ll pick this car?


10 posted on 03/06/2013 8:41:58 AM PST by techcor
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To: BenLurkin

Bruck’s prediction: this will kill more people than it saves.


11 posted on 03/06/2013 8:42:31 AM PST by VoiceOfBruck (#include <std.disclaimers>)
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To: BenLurkin

This will be especially dangerous in the country where there’s limited road space and wild life everywhere.


12 posted on 03/06/2013 8:44:51 AM PST by albie (re)
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To: BenLurkin
What could go wrong?

Oh, I dunno....a malfunction on the Santa Monica Freeway at rush hour causing a 68 car pileup and about a dozen fatalities?


13 posted on 03/06/2013 8:45:51 AM PST by Buckeye McFrog
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To: svcw
"How does the car tell the difference between someone walking or biking in the bike lane that runs parallel to the car’s lane? "

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.

14 posted on 03/06/2013 8:45:56 AM PST by Paladin2
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To: DustyMoment
ESC works great ~ so will this.

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.

15 posted on 03/06/2013 8:46:24 AM PST by muawiyah (que)
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To: BenLurkin

What if I *WANT* to run someone down? Can I disable this feature on the fly?


16 posted on 03/06/2013 8:48:50 AM PST by MeganC (The left have so twisted public perceptions that the truth now appears pornographic.- SpaceBar)
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To: jiggyboy

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.


17 posted on 03/06/2013 8:49:17 AM PST by muawiyah (que)
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To: MeganC
"Can I disable this feature on the fly?"

No, you'd have to disable the radar and the camera.

18 posted on 03/06/2013 8:50:51 AM PST by Paladin2
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To: BenLurkin
What could go wrong?

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[robotic voice]....

Please remain calm....
Nothing can go wrong....
...go wrong....
...go wrong....
...go wrong....

***********

[Sunshade driver-cam recording]...

Knowledgeable drivers searching for the spring-loaded red-guarded switch labelled:
OVERRIDE/INHIBIT

19 posted on 03/06/2013 8:51:00 AM PST by Wings-n-Wind (The main things are the plain things!)
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To: jiggyboy
“Now I can drive a little faster and be a little less attentive, because I know my Volvo will stop itself if necessary.”

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.

20 posted on 03/06/2013 8:51:01 AM PST by mykroar (Sig is pending a Conservative party.)
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To: Paladin2

Or disable the automatic portion of the brake system.


21 posted on 03/06/2013 8:52:15 AM PST by Paladin2
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To: Paladin2
We drive the Prince William Parkway frequently and have seen several instances of the ABS keeping a clearly drunk driver ON THE ROAD rather than letting her drive into a ditch.

There's that 'swerve' they almost always get into and ABS puts on the brakes when that happens.

22 posted on 03/06/2013 8:54:54 AM PST by muawiyah (que)
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To: BenLurkin
Future movie scene: target drives new nanny state vehicle. Hit man tosses out mannequin doll and stops vehicle dead in its tracks...opens fire...
23 posted on 03/06/2013 8:56:18 AM PST by Caipirabob (Communists... Socialists... Democrats...Traitors... Who can tell the difference?)
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To: Conservative4Ever
"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?"

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.

24 posted on 03/06/2013 8:56:18 AM PST by cookcounty
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To: muawiyah
These systems can have a number of other features, like Lane Keeping Assistance in addition to resistance to more violent manuevers like roll over and spin minimization.

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.

25 posted on 03/06/2013 9:01:28 AM PST by Paladin2
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To: muawiyah

“drivers utilized the more sophisticated brakes for higher speeds and harder braking, not for greater safety.”

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26 posted on 03/06/2013 9:08:37 AM PST by jiggyboy (Ten percent of poll respondents are either lying or insane)
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To: mykroar

I’ll bet you’re really looking forward to the Googlemobile self-driving car.


27 posted on 03/06/2013 9:08:53 AM PST by Fresh Wind (The last remnants of the Old Republic have been swept away.)
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To: muawiyah

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.


28 posted on 03/06/2013 9:09:36 AM PST by RegulatorCountry
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To: cookcounty

Good to know I have doing it correct all my driving years, thanks. :-)


29 posted on 03/06/2013 9:12:08 AM PST by Conservative4Ever (I'm going Galt)
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To: jiggyboy

“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.


30 posted on 03/06/2013 9:16:06 AM PST by Grampa Dave (What do Sequester, Mayan Apocolypse, Y2K & Gorebull Warming have in common? They were/are 100% BS!)
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To: BenLurkin

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.


31 posted on 03/06/2013 9:18:26 AM PST by wolfman23601
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To: BenLurkin

A way for bad people to safely stop you and rob you? Works perfectly...


32 posted on 03/06/2013 9:19:18 AM PST by null and void (Gun confiscation enables tyranny. Don't enable tyranny.)
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To: BenLurkin

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.


33 posted on 03/06/2013 9:21:03 AM PST by Gay State Conservative ("Progressives" toss the word "racist" around like chimps toss their feces)
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To: BenLurkin

Can’t wait to see how this ‘slam on the brakes’ system works on snow and ice.

Or maybe I can wait.


34 posted on 03/06/2013 9:23:01 AM PST by Colonel_Flagg ("Don't be afraid to see what you see." -- Ronald Reagan)
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To: BenLurkin

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.


35 posted on 03/06/2013 9:23:23 AM PST by Vinnie
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To: BenLurkin

In NYC the car will be stopping every 10 ft


36 posted on 03/06/2013 9:23:41 AM PST by capt B
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To: muawiyah

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.


37 posted on 03/06/2013 9:27:19 AM PST by wolfman23601
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To: BenLurkin
"What could go wrong?"

The 'new' Volvo...



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38 posted on 03/06/2013 9:31:33 AM PST by Bigh4u2 (Denial is the first requirement to be a liberal)
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To: techcor
So when car jackers want to make sure you don’t drive off with your own car, they’ll pick this car?

What carjacker would want this turkey?

39 posted on 03/06/2013 9:39:26 AM PST by null and void (Gun confiscation enables tyranny. Don't enable tyranny.)
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To: Conservative4Ever

Or kids tossing or holding stick figgers in the right spot to laff at the car slammin on the brakes.


40 posted on 03/06/2013 10:00:53 AM PST by SgtHooper (The last thing I want to do is hurt you. But it's still on the list.)
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To: Conservative4Ever; All

I am excited about this technology and applaud Volvo for developing it.

However ...

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.


41 posted on 03/06/2013 10:07:01 AM PST by Amendment10
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To: Bigh4u2; cookcounty

Exactly


42 posted on 03/06/2013 10:07:17 AM PST by BenLurkin (This is not a statement of fact. It is either opinion or satire; or both)
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To: ZirconEncrustedTweezers
Smart cars are for stupid drivers.
Consider that half the drivers are below average intelligence . . .

43 posted on 03/06/2013 10:17:33 AM PST by conservatism_IS_compassion
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To: mykroar

“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.


44 posted on 03/06/2013 10:35:00 AM PST by ZirconEncrustedTweezers (I'll stop being a cynic when the world stops giving me reasons to be cynical.)
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To: BenLurkin
Because it worked so well with a stationary truck. LOL.

"We Apologize For That"

45 posted on 03/06/2013 10:35:27 AM PST by Moltke ("I am Dr. Sonderborg," he said, "and I don't want any nonsense.")
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To: Amendment10

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.


46 posted on 03/06/2013 10:42:04 AM PST by ZirconEncrustedTweezers (I'll stop being a cynic when the world stops giving me reasons to be cynical.)
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To: BenLurkin
Picture a world in which Sweden was a major power..... Too horrible to even contemplate, isn't it?

1955 Volvo

That's what Tsar Peter saved us all from.

47 posted on 03/06/2013 10:42:04 AM PST by varmintman
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To: conservatism_IS_compassion

“Think of how stupid the average person is, and then realize that half of ‘em are stupider than that!” - George Carlin


48 posted on 03/06/2013 10:43:40 AM PST by ZirconEncrustedTweezers (I'll stop being a cynic when the world stops giving me reasons to be cynical.)
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To: mykroar; jiggyboy
Mrs WBill's car has a rear sensor and an attention-getter that beeps politely when something is in the way. It's great for backing up and finding a curb, or avoiding carelessly parked bicycles.

But that's about all of the driving I'd want a car to do for me.

This sounds like a bad, bad idea.

49 posted on 03/06/2013 10:55:43 AM PST by wbill
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To: wolfman23601
hmm ~ ever take a good look at a Hyundai under the hood? They have an ENGINECOVER that makes it so that you can't get there without a lot of fork. At about 100,000 miles the seal needs replaced and that's when they can check it out.

Actually, I think most of the fuel injected East Asian California designed engines are pretty much the same in that regard.

50 posted on 03/06/2013 11:00:15 AM PST by muawiyah (que)
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