We often hear about features in the exterior as well as interior of our car’s that makes them safer for us in the even of an accident or collision. But for the innovative folks at Volvo, they want to prevent or minimize accidents by introducing advanced technologies in their cars such as Adaptive Cruise Control and Collision Warning with Auto Brake.
So how exactly do these groundbreaking technology work and how do they benefit us?
According to the Swedish automaker their “new Collision Warning with Auto Brake automatically brakes the car if there is an imminent risk of a collision with a moving or stationary vehicle. The system starts by alerting the driver and preparing the braking system for emergency braking. If the driver does not respond despite the warning, the brakes are applied automatically.”
Furthermore, Collision Warning also has pedestrian detection, which detects and reacts when a person walks out in front of the car, activating the car’s full braking power if the driver doesn’t respond. This means that if you are traveling at 20 mph, you stop half-a-meter short of an object and when you are traveling much faster the car slows down dramatically to minimizing the collision. This represents a groundbreaking move by the company that notes that previous stages of the technology were developed to help the driver avoid collision with other vehicles but with this new technology they are trying to improve safety for innocent bystanders. Pedestrian detection also applies full automatic braking power, rather than just 50% which is something that hasn’t been done by Volvo competitors.
Another technology by the company that utilizes proactive braking is Adaptive Cruise Control uses a laser or radar to negotiate a safe distance between vehicles, but above that, the technology also helps to automatically slow the car with the engine and foundation brakes to maintaining that distance as well as alerting whoever is driving of potential dangers. Opponents of the technology criticize that the technology doesn’t encourage alertness which is a behavior needed in safe driving, but the ugly truth is that machines tend to be a lot safer and make less mistakes than humans and in the end the technology doesn’t advocate that the driver be inattentive it is meant to be an aid.
The scope of how beneficial the technology is comes into perspective when studies shows that half of all drivers who drive other vehicle from behind do not brake prior to the collision. This is just another example of leadership and safety innovation by Volvo that warns and assists us creating an advantage that is unlike any found on the roads today. “Our aim for 2020 is that no-one should be killed or seriously injured in a Volvo,” said Volvo Senior Safety Advisor Thomas Broberg, and it seems that the company is well on its way.
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