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Volvo Car Group introduces world-first Cyclist Detection with full auto brake

Volvo Car Group used the venue of the Geneva Motor Show to introduce new safety technology that detects and automatically brakes for cyclists swerving out in front of the car.

The new functionality is an enhancement of the present detection and auto brake technology, and the package will be called Pedestrian and Cyclist Detection with full auto brake. New advanced software, including more rapid vision processing, has made it possible to extend the present detection and auto brake technology also to cover certain cyclist situations. All cars equipped with pedestrian detection will also incorporate cyclist detection.

According to accident data, about 50% of all cyclists killed in European traffic have collided with a car.

A cyclist in the same lane swerving out in front of the car is one incident type that is addressed by the Pedestrian and Cyclist Detection with full auto brake, which will be available in the Volvo V40, S60, V60, XC60, V70, XC70 and S80 models from mid-May in 2013.

The advanced sensor system scans the area ahead. If a cyclist heading in the same direction as the car suddenly swerves out in front of the car as it approaches from behind and a collision is imminent, there is an instant warning and full braking power is applied. The car’s speed has considerable importance for the outcome of an accident. A lower speed of impact means that the risk of serious injury is significantly reduced.

Pedestrian and Cyclist Detection with full auto brake consists of a radar unit integrated into the car’s grille, a camera fitted in front of the interior rear-view mirror and a central control unit. The radar’s task is to detect objects in front of the car and to determine the distance to them. The camera determines the type of the objects.

With the dual-mode radar’s wide field of vision, pedestrians and cyclists can be detected early on. The high-resolution camera makes it possible to spot the moving pattern of pedestrians and cyclists. The central control unit continuously monitors and evaluates the traffic situation.

The auto brake system requires both the radar and the camera to confirm the object. With the advanced sensor technology, it is then possible to apply full braking power immediately when necessary. The technology also covers vehicles driving in the same lane.

At the company’s press conference in Geneva, Volvo Cars also presented the new model range, which includes new versions of the Volvo S60, V60, XC60, V70, XC70, S80 and the Volvo V60 Plug-in Hybrid.

The company also announced in Geneva that the new Volvo V40 is now available in a manual D2 version (115 hp) with CO2 emissions down to 88 g/km, which translates into fuel consumption of 3.4 l/100 km (69 mpg US).


Thomas Lankester

'A cyclist in the same lane swerving out in front of the car'
Like, that happens a lot. How about car drives way too close and side-swipes or door mirrors the cyclist. Just a wee bit more common.

How about avoiding being too close to the cyclist in the first place?


Thomas, never been in Amsterdam?

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