Wednesday, June 15, 2011

Volvo Develops Animal Detection Safety System

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By 2020, Volvo wants you to live in a world where no car accidents happen.

Volvo has made progess toward achieving this lofty goal with the Volvo Pedestrian Detection and Full Auto Brake Systems that use radar technology. Now Volvo is taking the next natural step with the development of their animal detection system that utilizes similar radar-based science.

The animal detection technology uses radar to recognize animals and slows down the vehicle. This is made possible through the use of a special camera and infra-red monitoring system that are different from the previous technology used in the Volvo Pedestrian Detection System.

The project focuses on larger woodland animals such as deer, moose and reindeer. For Volvo the main challenge is programming the technology to recognize different animals and the way they act in their natural habitat. To alleviate this obstacle, the developers have been recording videos of the different animals in a safari park, hoping to capture their various behavioral patterns.

It will be a few more years before the animal detection system will be available in Volvo models, but like every other big vehicle-safety breakthrough, it'll be worth the wait.

Watch this video to see how Volvo engineers are designing the animal detection system:

More from GRAutoBlog on Volvo's technological efforts:
Cutting the Cord: Wireless Charging Brought to You by Volvo
Volvo Creating Car-Tailing Driverless Technology

Eco-Friendly News From Volvo


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